Electrocution accidents on construction sites are one of the leading causes of fatalities amongst construction workers. Unfortunately, fatal construction accidents happen all too often in New York.
Often times on construction sites, worker are exposed to live wires or electricity while they are doing repair work on homes or buildings. A wide variety of jobs require workers to handle devices that have active electricity running through them. The main types of electrical accidents that occur on a construction site are:
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with transformers and live wires
- Contact with electrical currents while working with tools, machinery and appliances
Electrocutions can occur when equipment a worker is holding touches a live wire and the worker becomes indirectly electrocuted. This should never occur. Power lines should be insulated or turned off by supervisors before any workers become involved. This is the responsibility of the company employing the worker.
Many of employees who experience fatal electrical injuries are not trained electrical specialists, including construction laborers, roofers, service workers, and other occupations. It is important to realize that electrical safety training is needed by electrical specialists and other construction trades that may be exposed.
Injuries from Electrocution
When a worker is electrocuted, the whole body can be affected. Workers can:
– become burned badly internally,
– and even suffer brain injury.
Injuries can range from minor to permanently debilitating to death, depending on the location of the shock and the voltage of the current. Major injuries often leave construction workers unable to ever work again, and unable to make a living for their families.
Being injured or killed on the job causes financial problems, including high medical bills and loss of income. An accident can be devastating, but you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your damages. If you or a loved one has experienced a workplace electrocution accident, Karasik Law Group will fight for your family’s right to compensation for every dollar you are entitled to under the law. Call us to today at (718) 502-9112 to schedule a free consultation. And be sure to visit our website at www.karasiklawyers.com. At Karasik Law Group, winning matters. Win with us! We speak for the injured; our results speak for themselves.
Electrocutions Can Be Prevented
Electrocutions are preventable but still consistently rank as a leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. This hazard is even more pronounced among construction contractors.
Safe work practices such as using caution near energized lines, de-energizing equipment before inspection and repair, properly maintaining tools and equipment, and using appropriate PPE are all important. Contract workers should fully understand the extent of the electrocution hazard and how to prevent it. Young and apprentice electrical trades workers should receive significant training in electrical safety.