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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.

Back injuries on the job

Countless people in Pennsylvania and across the country suffer from back injuries each year. This is especially true for those injured on the job. Back injuries account for one out of five job-related injuries or illnesses, states the U.S. Department of Labor. Every year, over 1 million employees suffer from a back injury on the job.

Miners may be at risk of illness from radiation exposure

At the law office of Friday & Cox LLC, we have handled numerous workers’ compensation cases over the years in which miners were gravely injured in workplace accidents. If you’re a miner in Pennsylvania, you already know that you face a variety of dangers on the job every day, including explosions, cave-ins, faulty equipment and suffocation from poor air quality. However, you may not realize that you might also face an occupational illness from radiation exposure in a mine.

Workers compensation benefits vary from state to state

Close to three million serious work related injuries and illnesses are reported annually in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, with amputations among the most catastrophic logged injuries. However, the amount a worker receives in workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania for a lost pinkie may be quite different from what he or she is entitled to in Alabama, or even next door in New Jersey.

Falls leading cause of fatal injuries for construction workers

In 2013, 20.2 percent of the 4,101 worker fatalities in private industry occurred in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In Philadelphia and on sites everywhere in the U.S., falls took the lead in 2013 for construction worker deaths, accounting for 36.5 percent, or 302, of the total number of fatalities in the industry.

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