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.
Retain the representation you need today.
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