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What risks do construction workers face with electricity?

If you are a construction worker in Pennsylvania, you will already know that one of the greatest dangers you face on the job is electric shock. Most of the time, electrical cables and wires would be de-energized before you work on or near them. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to work on live wiring. At other times, someone could mistakenly neglect to turn off the power source or fail to use proper grounding procedures to avoid electrocution.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that fatal electrical accidents increased among electricians in 2014 from the previous year. While working around electrical cables or equipment, you may face the following hazards:

  • Severe burns
  • Injuries from an arc flash or blast
  • Fires or explosions

Another common cause for electric shock, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, involves using extension or flexible cords improperly. For example, the power tools you work with could have damaged cords, which increase your risk of shock. An electrocution can also occur if the ground is wet and a damaged cord or live wire comes into contact with the water - transferring the shock to you if you are not properly grounded.

Electrocution is one of the top causes of fatal accidents in the construction industry, and highly experienced workers can face the same dangers as those who are new to construction. If you, or a loved one, suffered a work place injury please contact our office for a free consultation.

The content in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be taken as legal advice.

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