When the power goes out in Fort Collins many people may become annoyed by the inconvenience. While it can certainly be aggravating to lose power, there is often some kind of weather event that resulted in the outage. This could mean that electric company employees are braving very serious conditions to restore power. Most of the time, they are able to do so without injury, but every so often someone will get injured on the job.
Though it is not entirely clear if there were adverse weather conditions that caused a recent power outage, one of the employees working for an electric company was sent to the hospital following an electrical flash. A piece of equipment had failed, causing the electric flash that eventually injured the employee.
Although news reports indicate that the employee only sustained minor injuries, he or she was rushed to the hospital and it is unknown if he has since been discharged. It is also unclear what the extent of his or her injuries is, but an electrical injury could produce a variety of serious conditions.
It is important to remember that when an electrician or an employee of an electrical company is injured on the job, he or she can file for Colorado workers’ compensation benefits. Though the job comes with a certain degree of risk, especially for those individuals who are tasked with repairing damaged electrical equipment in the rain or during a storm, there is nothing that prevents injured employees from seeking workers’ compensation. It would be unfair to ask someone to forfeit workers’ compensation just because he or she is in a dangerous job.
Source: CBS San Francisco, “PG&E Worker Injured By Electrical Flash Repairing Transformer In SF Bayview,” May 5, 2013