Electrical shock is one of the more dangerous types of injuries on the work site and in the construction zone. Electrical shock injuries can range from mild burn injuries to severe nerve and organ damage, and even to death. Electrical shock is also one of the construction industry’s “Fatal Four” most common causes for deaths on the job site. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one to an electrical shock injury, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury or wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible about your workers’ compensation claim or injury lawsuit.
Injuries Associated with Electrical Shock
- Severe burns
- Nerve damage
- Brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Speaking deficits
- Vision damage
- Neurological injuries
- Bodily disfigurement
- Hearing difficulties
- Heart problems
There are federal electrical safety standards in place that are meant to protect workers and civilians from the dangers of electrocution on the job site. When these safety regulations and guidelines aren’t being met, the workplace becomes a danger zone. Construction site managers, supervisors and electricians are all required to follow OSHA safety standards and maintain a safe workplace to protect their workers from electrical accidents. After any type of electrical shock injury on the job site, it will be necessary to conduct an in depth investigation to see if any OSHA regulations were being violated at the time of the electrocution.
Causes for Electrical Shock
- OSHA violations
- Improper grounding of electrical equipment
- Improper use of extension cords
- Negligent instillation of wiring
- Inadequate tools
- Faulty wiring or transformers
- Contact with power lines
- Failing to observe proper safety regulations
- Poorly marked construction area
- Lack of ground-fault protections
- Failing to follow manufacturer instructions
Contact With Hot Power Lines
Contact with hot power lines is a frequent cause for catastrophic and even fatal electrical shock injuries. When a person touches a hot power line, the high-voltage current will move through the body, before that person can even back away. It’s also possible to get shocked by a hot power line, even if you don’t touch the line with a part of your body. You could get shocked when a tool, pole or some other object you’re in contact with comes into contact with a hot power line. In some cases, even standing too close to a power line is enough to get severely injured.
While it might not seem like a big deal, overloading an extension cord can actually have very severe, catastrophic or fatal outcomes. When extension cords are overloaded, workers are at risk for suffering from electrical shock or electrocution injuries. Additionally, if these cords aren’t properly secured or stowed, it’s also possible for them to be cut or crushed. An exposed extension cord or one that has been crushed can electrocute and severely injure a worker. Even though these are very hand pieces of equipment that can make our lives easier at home and on the job site, they still need to be treated with respect and used properly and safely. Not only is the improper use of extension cords an electrical hazard, it’s also a tripping hazard.
Put Your Health First
Electrical shocks can lead to a wide variety of injuries. Since many electrocutions leave little more than a small painful burn mark on the outside of the body, it’s essential to see your doctor after any kind of electrical shock. Although you might have what seems like a pretty minor burn due to the shock, you could actually have much more serious internal injury due to the electrical current that passed through your body. Damage to internal tissues and to organs is possible, even if you only sustained a seemingly minor external burn or shock wound. If you’ve been shocked on the job site, you need to have a medical evaluation as soon as possible after your accident. Once your immediate health needs have been addressed, you can get in touch with a job site injury lawyer.
Electrical shock injuries are some of the most severe types of injuries that can occur on the construction site and the job site. Many electrocutions end in catastrophic injuries or death. The human body simply cannot handle high-voltage currents. If you have been injured or if somebody you love has died as a result of electrical shock on the job site, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation.
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