Electrical Hazards in Construction Occupations
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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 electrocution, fires, explosions, and other common construction accidents. If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to an electrical hazard, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer from Arnold & Itkin! Our advocates stand ready to fight on your behalf.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (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.
Seek Compensation for an Electrical Injury. Billions of Dollars Won!
If you are a worker who was harmed by an electrical injury, then you need to seek compensation from the supervisor or comapny 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!