Roger Copelin Killed, Keath Garrison Injured in Amarillo, TX, Accident
Amarillo, TX -- January 21, 2017, Roger Copeland was killed, Keath Garrison injured, following a work accident where both men were electrically shocked.
Amarillo emergency teams were called out to the accident scene at about 2:00 p.m. The victims were doing construction work at the Xcel Energy building at 600 Tyler Street.
According to preliminary investigations, the two men somehow drilled through an electrical box while working. This caused both workers to receive severe electrical shocks, both critically injured as a result.
As a result of his severe injuries, Copelin died the following day in a hospital. Garrison remains in critical condition at this time with severe burn wounds.
At this time, authorities continue to investigate the accident. No further information has been released at this time.
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Work accidents like this one can bring on serious hardships for those who are affected by them. One thing that presents some serious challenges is the role that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays in the events following an accident. Most people think that OSHA will provide some sort of assistance to victims or help them get the compensation they deserve. The truth is that OSHA does not exist to help victims, but rather to punish employers.
When an accident occurs at a work site, OSHA will go out to the scene to investigate why the accident occurred. When they find wrongdoing on the employer's part, they will fine the company for the violations. After that, they're out. They do not seek to give the victims or their families any sort of compensation for the accident, and those who aren't aware of this might find themselves waiting for compensation that's never going to come.
When someone is hurt or killed in an accident, those affected will often be left in the dark on what exactly happened in the accident. OSHA conducts their investigations, issues their fines, and leaves. In order for victims to get any sort of closure, they often must seek the assistance of a third party investigation. By getting the aid of a private investigators, they can ensure that the accident is looked at by an experienced professional who will ensure that any and all possible factors are thoroughly considered. With all of the facts at their disposal, victims and their families can move forward fully prepared and informed.
--Grossman Law Offices