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CALIFORNIA SAFETY ADMINISTRATION INVESTIGATES INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

Many occupations have the potential to be hazardous. Fortunately, thanks to regulations put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the workplace has become a much safer place. However, despite the administration's and employer's best efforts, accidents can still arise. As a result, many states, such as California, require employers to provide workers' compensation coverage in the event of an industrial accident. The family of a deceased worker is likely to qualify for these benefits after he lost his life in a tragic accident. 

The 33-year-old man was an electrician for Celco Construction, a company contracted by Climatec Building Technologies Group to complete work for a California school system. According to reports, the electrician was attempting to provide maintenance to the lighting in a classroom. He was standing on a tall ladder at the time.

He apparently came into contact with a live wire by mistake and was electrocuted. Although he was transported to an area hospital, he was soon pronounced dead. As a result of the accident, OSHA has launched an investigation. The administration has six months to complete the investigation, but a spokesperson believes it will likely be completed earlier than that.

The family of the deceased man is likely facing an uncertain financial future as a result of the fatal industrial accident. Under California state law, the man's dependents likely qualify for workers' compensation, including medical and funeral expenses as well as future lost wages. However, the path to such compensation can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Others entitled to such benefits have found assistance navigating the path helpful to ensure compensation is both fair and efficient.

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