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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. Electrical injuries also affect people outside of the workplace, in situations involving defective or dangerous products, downed power lines, or objects in contact with downed or floating lines.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to an electrical hazard, do not hesitate to consult a top-rated Houston lawyer from the legal team at Arnold & Itkin! Our advocates stand ready to fight on your behalf.

We proudly pursue justice for electrical accident victims nationwide. Contact us to get started!

Causes of Electrocution & Electrical Injuries

Electric shock, electrical injuries, and electrocution can occur when a person comes into contact with electricity. Depending on the length of time the person is in contact with the source of electricity and the strength of the current, an electrical accident can cause burns to the skin and internal tissues and even electrical interference and damage to the heart. A severe shock can stop the heart or cause it to beat erratically.

Electrical injuries can occur in and as a result of:

  • Construction accidents
  • Downed power lines
  • Floating power lines
  • Faulty appliances
  • Damaged or frayed cords
  • Electrical appliance in contact with water
  • Faulty wiring
  • Lightning strike

While the chances of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 15,300 (according to the National Weather Service), if you work with or around electricity, use household appliances, or are in any situation where you're near an exposed wire or power line, you could suffer a serious electric shock and even electrocution.

As electrocution injury lawyers, our team at Arnold & Itkin is here to help people throughout the U.S. who have lost loved ones or suffered harm in electrical accidents. We know how to investigate these incidents to determine their cause and who can be held liable. This helps survivors and victims' families get answers and compensation.

Symptoms of Electric Shock

Electric shock can cause specific symptoms, including:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weak, erratic pulse
  • No pulse
  • Burns
  • Cardiac arrest

These injuries on their own are severe. When electrocution occurs, a person may lose his or her life. At the very least, they will be dealing with physical and emotional injuries that will require treatment and impact their ability to work and even perform normal activities. That is why it is so important to work with a leading injury attorney, at a firm with a reputation for results in complex cases like these. Arnold & Itkin is here to help!

The OSHA Safety Standards for Electrical Work

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.

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.

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? Who is responsible?

Direct or indirect contact with live electrical equipment and wiring, overhead power lines, machinery, and appliances cause death by electrocution. In the workplace, 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. In a non-work environment, people may suffer from electrocution as a result of defective products, faulty wiring, or downed power lines.

The parties responsible for an electrical injury or electrocution may be a construction site supervisor, manufacturer of a defective product, construction company, or other individual or business entity that was responsible for causing the electrical accident. Our electrocution 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?

If someone you love was electrocuted or you 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. We can help you get on the path that leads to justice—and the medical care and support you need.

Talk to the Electrocution Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin

If you were harmed by an electrical injury, then you need to seek compensation from the party 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. Consumers should be protected from harm by utility companies that promptly respond to downed power lines and manufacturers that keep defective products off the market. Our team of trial lawyers at Arnold & Itkin is an established leader 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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