Contractor Sustains Fatal Electrocution Injuries in Covington, Georgia
COVINGTON, GA – According to an online news report at cbs46.com, a contractor died in an electrocution injury while working on utility lines in Covington, Georgia.*
A contractor died after being electrocuted while working on utility lines on Monday afternoon. The tragic accident occurred on the 1500 block of Dixie Road. There aren’t specific details available on what happened. Per the news report, it appears that the contractor was switching out utility lines when he was electrocuted.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation of the accident. There are no further details on the accident at this time. The identity of the contractor has not been released to the public.
In Georgia, an individual who sustains an injury or the family of a worker who is killed while on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If a worker succumbs to their injuries while acting in the scope and course of his or her job, the victim’s qualified family members may seek workers’ compensation survivor benefits. Most workplace accidents that result in injury or death to a worker are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and can include the following types of injuries:
- Injuries resulting from repetitive use of a body part, including carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
- Injuries to the head and trauma to the brain
- Injuries resulting from electrocution and/or burns
- Exposure to and inhalation of toxic substances
- Spinal injuries, such as trauma to the lower back and next
- Complete or partial paralysis
Georgia law is clear as to what a worker who is injured has the right to receive. Generally, the Georgia workers’ compensation system includes four types of damages that an injured worker may receive:
- Medical expenses
- A portion of lost income
- Permanent disability
- Survivor benefits should a worker be killed while on the job
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