Universal Orlando Worker Electrocuted in the Workplace

The Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office recently ruled that a worker who died on a Universal Orlando ride was electrocuted, although the examiner's report is not yet complete.

In November, the 60-year old ride technician was found in the rafters of the Men in Black: Alien Attack ride. The worker, who had worked as a Universal ride technician for 12 years, was found to have no pulse.

Industry leaders say that theme parks like Universal Orlando have strict procedures for employees who work on their rides. There is danger whenever there is high voltage present, and there are very specific guidelines on what to disconnect and connect.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet completed its investigation into the Universal Orlando death.

Working with Electricity Can Be Dangerous

Working with electricity can be hazardous and can cause workplace injuries. Electricians, engineers and other professionals work directly with electricity on circuit assemblies and overhead lines are exposed to electrical hazards as are others who work with electricity indirectly.

According to an OSHA report, electrocution is one of the "fatal four" construction hazards that caused 60% of all construction deaths in 2014. OSHA's workplace safety electrical standards are designed to protect workers exposed to hazards like fires, explosions, electrocution and electrical shock. 

OSHA has not yet completed its investigation into the Universal Orlando death.

Workplace injuries or deaths often happen because of a lack of proper workplace safety policies and procedures. For example, an electrical shock may be caused by poor practices in handling electrical wires.

Compensation for Workplace Injuries or Death

Depending on the circumstances, workers injured in the workplace or families with a loved one who has been injured or killed in the workplace can recover benefits or damages. Almost all Orlando workers qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits after an injury or death. The benefits can include death benefits, medical coverage and lost wages.

However, some workers may also be able to file a third-party liability suit in a civil court for damages. In this type of lawsuit, the injured worker or family may reclaim damages for all sustained harm, while Workers' Compensation may not fully cover all losses or costs.  A third-party liability suit for damages incurred in the workplace must be filed within 4 years of the injury or death date.

We Can Help with Any Workplace Injury or Death

If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a workplace accident or any other type of personal injury, you need an attorney with the right experience in these cases. We will work hard for you and pursue compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please call The Francis Law Group for a free consultation. Attorney Tony Francis, personal injury attorney in Orlando, will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. You can reach us at 407-363-9939 or contact us via the website.