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How Common Are Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites?

How Common Are Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites?

Posted By The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC | 16-Feb-2016

On almost every construction site, there are many electronically powered tools used by multiple employees. Whether a person is working on a crane, using power tools, or installing wiring in a building, electrocutions can happen at any given moment if employees are not safe and employers do not enforce safe work habits. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, electrocutions are amongst the top four most common types of construction accidents, also referred to as the “Fatal Four.”

Common Causes of Electrocutions at Construction Sites

  • Ungrounded wires
  • Defective equipment
  • Inadequate tools
  • Improperly marked construction areas
  • Poor lighting in construction zones

Different Types of Electrical Injuries

Electrocutions can cause a wide range of injuries, depending on the strength of the tool or machine that caused the injury. OSHA reports there are four types of electrical injuries caused by electrocutions, which are listed below:

  • Burns (may result in severe blistering)
  • Electric shock
  • Falls caused by the shock
  • Fatal electrocution

In addition, electrocutions can cause injury to a person’s skin as well as the internal organs. In the most severe cases, electrocutions can result in death if proper medical care is not administered right away.

Have You Been Electrocuted at the Workplace?

If you have sustained injuries in the workplace, we encourage you to get in touch with a Virginia construction accident lawyer at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC immediately. We can investigate your case and determine who should be held responsible for your damages. No matter what your case may be, we can treat your case as if it were our own. In addition, we may be able to pursue maximum compensation to provide help for any medical expenses, lost wages, or emotional damages you may have suffered as a result of your injury.

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