Electrocution is a Threat to Construction Workers
Electrocution does not occur as often as some other construction site accidents but the risk of electrocution is real and deadly for construction workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports nearly 400 electrocution deaths occur per-year on construction sites. Several non-fatal electrocution-related accidents occur as well.
Fatal electrocution is the most serious electrical-related accident that can occur on a construction site. Some other injuries that can also cause serious harm are:
- Electrical burns
- Electrical shock
- Falls as a result of receiving an electrical shock
In addition to great pain, an electrical shock can damage skin and internal organs. The injury may not look serious on the outside, when in fact serious damage has happened internally.
If you have an injury from electrocution on a construction site, you may file a personal injury claim. In some cases, the site owner or contractor is negligent. If that is the case, a worker may seek compensation for pain, suffering and lost wages.
You will first have to know what caused the accident. Were there live wires exposed without any grounding? Did you have improper tools to complete the job? Was the lighting so bad until you could not clearly see the work area? A personal injury lawyer can decide if you have a claim and can then assist you in the legal process.
Call: 914-357-8911 to schedule an appointment with the attorney.