Construction and other industrial workers face many hazards on a job site. In fact, the hazards follow such a trend that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has designated the “fatal four” hazards that pose the greatest risk to industrial workers. One of the “fatal four” hazards is electrocution. Get informed on three common electrocution hazards on a job site and what injured workers can do to protect their rights.
Beware These Electrocution Hazards
Electrocution on a construction site is a major hazard. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 77% of contract worker electrocutions involve workers employed in the construction industry. The rate of electrocution also varies by profession within the construction industry. For instance, most electrocution deaths occur among power-line installers, followed by roofers and HVAC mechanics.
There can be many different electrical hazards on the job site, but some of the most common include:
- Power lines
- Exposed wires
- Electrical conductors
Death from electrocution can occur at 50–100 milliamperes of current; most 120V circuits carry 15-20 amperes of current, which is approximately 300 times what is necessary to cause death by electrocution.
Electrocution doesn’t always result in death. However, it often does have serious consequences that can remain with a victim for the rest of their life.
Injured by Electrocution? Contact Us Today
Electrocution can cost a worker significant losses in medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you have been electrocuted on your job site due to employer or manufacturer negligence, our Los Angeles attorneys may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Call Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation.