A 35-year-old construction worker was seriously injured by being electrocuted on Thursday morning in a workplace accident. The incident occurred in Mascoutah, Illinois around 10:49 a.m. and no one at the construction site actually witnessed the accident. However, several workers heard a loud popping noise and then found the Troy man unconscious on the ground with an injury to his leg. St. Clair County authorities believe that the worker was attempting to move an aluminum ladder and it came in contact with a power line. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance and his current condition is unknown. The Foschiatti Construction Company out of Bunker Hill is working at the site near Nathan and Douglas Avenue.
Construction workers are at risk of being injured in a workplace accident more than most other professions. In fact, the Forbes Magazine listed construction laborers number ten on the top ten deadliest jobs list, based on the statistics from the Bureau of Labor’s reports regarding work-related injuries and fatalities. Those statistics list that there were 4,343 workplace fatalities in 2012.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation provides an injured worker with medical coverage and wage replacement. However, in Missouri the wage replacement rate is calculated at 66.6% of the workers’ average weekly wage. This can leave injured workers struggling financially making it necessary to contact a workers’ compensation attorney to recover the maximum compensation for your case.The skilled St. Louis workers’ compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over 100 years of combined experience and will fully investigate your workplace accident. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.