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Dedicated to Helping People Recover After Serious Electrical Accidents
With a little attention from supervisors and careful work performance by employees, a large percentage of electrical accidents can be avoided. When mistakes happen, electricians or employees working with electrical components often suffer due to electrocution, fires, explosions, and other common construction accidents. If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to an electrical hazard, do not hesitate to consult an experienced Houston lawyer from the legal team at Arnold & Itkin! Our advocates stand ready to fight on your behalf.
According to OSHA, electrocutions are the second-leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. In addition, electrical wiring, methodology, components, equipment, and the general industry were part of the top 10 most frequently violated OSHA standards in 2015.
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The OSHA Safety Standards for Electrical Work
OSHA created guidelines that all employers are required to follow. If individuals follow OSHA standards, they will be better protected from electrical injuries during installation projects involving motors, machines, switches, controls, lighting, appliances, enclosures, and other fixtures.
The OSHA says that most electrical accidents happen because of the following:
- Unsafe equipment or installation
- Unsafe environment
- Unsafe work practices
Insulation prevents electrical accidents. Glass, mica, rubber, or plastic coatings on conductive surfaces reduce the flow of the electrical current, protecting the worker from shock. Insulation materials must be chosen according to wire voltage and the conditions of the environment.
Employees can avoid injuries by implementing the following guidelines:
- De-energize any electrical equipment before inspection or repair.
- Keep electrical tools properly maintained.
- Use extreme caution when working near energized lines.
- Wear appropriate protective equipment.
Failure to train employees to handle electrical issues or failure to eliminate work hazards is employer negligence. You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries and damages caused by another! Hold responsible parties liable.
Construction-Related Electrical Accident FAQ
How many workers are killed in electrocution accidents each year?
According to OSHA’s statistics from 2018, electrocution was the third-leading cause of death in the construction industry. 86 workers lost their lives in electrical accidents that year, accounting for 8.5% of all construction worker fatalities. Construction workers most likely to experience electrical injuries and electrocution are electrical workers, construction laborers, carpenters, and non-electrical supervisors roofers.
What causes electrocution at construction sites? Who is responsible?
Direct or indirect contact with live electrical equipment and wiring, overhead power lines, machinery, and appliances cause construction worker deaths by electrocution. Most of these deaths can be traced back to failures to implement proper safety standards. Improper grounding, miscommunication, defective wiring and electrical systems, or working in close proximity to power lines are examples of situations that can cause construction worker electrocution and electrical injuries.
The parties responsible for an electrical injury or electrocution at a Houston construction site may be the site supervisor, manufacturer of a defective product, construction company, or other individual or business entity that was responsible for keeping workers safe. Our attorneys can talk to you about your case to see who can be held liable and how to move forward with a case.
What should I do if I suffered electrical injuries or someone I love was electrocuted at a Houston construction site?
If someone you love was electrocuted or you were working construction and suffered an electrical injury, talk to our team at Arnold & Itkin. We know you’re going through what’s most likely the most difficult time in your life. We are here with the answers you need. As experienced Houston construction accident attorneys, we know when workers’ compensation, personal injury, product liability, and wrongful death lawsuits apply to construction site electrical injuries. We can help you get on the path that leads to justice—and the medical care and support you so desperately need.
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If you were harmed by an electrical injury, then you need to seek compensation from the supervisor or company responsible. If your well-being was jeopardized because of negligence, you should address the issue. All employees should be trained in electrical safety and should use tools that are safe for work with electrical hazards. Over the years, our team of trial lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have established themselves as leaders in personal injury litigation. Trust your case to our experience: we've won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients!
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