One of the most dangerous things you can come in contact with is electrical current. OSHA shows that accidents related to electrocution are the third leading cause of death among construction workers in the United States. Being struck by objects and experiencing a fall are the two accidents that cause the most deaths.
Many construction workers come in contact with overhead power lines while using metal ladders, cranes, and scaffolding. This can lead to a massive shock that stops the heart from beating. The degree and extent of the current flow, length of the electrical shocks, and voltage play a part in how severe the injury will be. If you or someone close to you has experienced an accident like this, you need the help of a personal injury attorney.
What Causes Electrocution
There are all sorts of situations that can lead to electrocution, but some of the most common include:
- Using flexible and extension cords in an incorrect manner
- Coming in contact with high voltage power lines
- Not following manufacturer instructions
- Lack of correct grounding protection
- Inadequate grounding of any electrical equipment
Most injuries from electrocution occur at a workplace, but improper wiring in the home and defective household appliances can also lead to injury. Sockets and outlets that aren’t grounded correctly, exposed wires, badly insulated wires, and more can be dangerous. This is especially if you have small children in your home.
Injury and Death from Electrocution
Being electrocuted can lead to major burns and even death. If you survive, you may have conditions that require skin grafting or surgery. Electrocution can also lead to blindness, nerve damage, visual impairment, heart or brain damage, and the need for amputation.
There are also often other injuries that occur at the same time as electrocution. If someone falls or is pushed outward from the electrical source then spinal cord injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and internal organ damage may be the result.
Injury Claims After an Electrocution Accident
Most of the accidents that occur at a construction site, including electrocution, can be prevented by using safe equipment, following safe work practices, taking part in safety training, and working somewhere that is generally safe. If your employer doesn’t offer these things and an accident occurs, they may be liable for the injury or death that results. By speaking with a personal injury attorney at Barovick Law, you can determine if someone is liable for your injuries and whether you are owed compensation for that fact.