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Electric shock and hardware injuries: The risks for tech employees

Compared to industries where the risks are more apparent, such as construction, manufacturing or logging, the tech industry doesn’t have too many obvious hazards. But that doesn’t mean tech workers are immune to workplace injuries.

Electric shock and hardware incidents, though less frequent, are serious risks that can occur in any tech environment. Understanding these risks and knowing your rights under California’s workers’ comp system is crucial for every tech worker.

Electric shock injuries

Electric shock injuries in the tech industry can result from direct contact with exposed wires, faulty equipment, or even static discharge. While not common, these incidents can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. In California, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the law if you suffer an electric shock at work.

Hardware-related injuries

Tech workers also face potential injuries from the hardware they use or maintain. Heavy server racks, sharp components, and the moving parts of robotic assemblies can cause harm if a business doesn’t observe proper safety protocols. Just like with electric shocks, workers’ comp can cover hardware-related injuries.

Your workers’ comp rights as a tech worker

When a tech worker in California is injured due to electric shock or a hardware incident, they have the right to file a workers’ comp claim under the state’s Labor Code and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). Injured workers can receive medical treatment, compensation for lost wages, and other benefits.

Filing and processing a claim

To file a claim, report the injury to your employer immediately, and complete a DWC-1 claim form. California law requires employers to authorize medical treatment within one working day of the claim filing, pending the claim’s resolution.

Even if your tech employer authorizes initial medical treatment for your injuries, there’s no guarantee that it would approve your claim for benefits. If your employer denies the claim, you can still appeal the decision with the DWC. A legal professional experienced in workers’ compensation matters may be able to help guide you through this appeal process and push for adequate compensation.