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Many electrical accidents can be avoided with a bit of attention from supervisors and careful safety procedures. When mistakes happen, employees working with electrical components often suffer from electrocution, fires, explosions, and other construction accidents. Electrical injuries also affect people outside of the workplace, in situations involving 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 injury 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 electricity and the strength of the current, an electrical accident can cause burns, as well as damage to the heart. A severe shock can even stop the heart.

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

Symptoms of Electric Shock

Electric shock can cause specific symptoms, including:

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

When electrocution occurs, a person may even be killed. At the very least, they will be dealing with physical and emotional injuries that will require treatment and impact their ability to work and perform everyday activities. These injuries on their own are severe. That is why it is so vital to work with a leading injury attorney.

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, 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.

Attorneys Representing Victims of Arc Flash Accidents

Arc flashes are an electrical phenomenon when an electrical current leaves its designated path and travels elsewhere. If a worker is directly hit by an arc flash or near one, the result is usually severe injury or death.

How Do Arc Flashes Happen?

From human error to faulty wire installations, many things can cause an arc flash.

Below are some common causes of arc flashes:

  • Human error
  • Dropping a tool
  • Faulty installation
  • Corrosion
  • Material failure
  • Accidental touching
  • Corrosion
  • Dust

What Do Arc Flashes Cause?

Arc flashes are unpredictable and can have various consequences.

Here are some common results of an arc flash:

  • Fire
  • Burns
  • Heat
  • Flying objects
  • Sound blast (often as loud as a gun)
  • Blast pressure

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?

Contact with live electrical equipment and wiring, overhead power lines, machinery, and appliances can cause death by electrocution. Most of these deaths can be traced back to failures to implement proper safety standards in the workplace. Improper grounding, miscommunication, defective wiring, or working near power lines are examples of situations that can cause electrical work injuries. In a non-work environment, people may be electrocuted due to defective products, faulty wiring, or downed power lines. The parties responsible for an electrical injury may be a supervisor, manufacturer of a defective product, construction company, or other individual or business entity 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 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 Houston Electrocution Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin

If you suffered an electrical injury in Texas, you deserve fair compensation. If your well-being was jeopardized by negligence, the responsible parties should be held accountable. 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 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!

Call (888) 493-1629 or fill out a free case evaluation form. Our electrical injury attorneys will contact you shortly!

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