Electrocution Injuries on Construction Sites
Chicago Construction Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Heath Administration (OSHA), electrocution injuries are one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities in the construction industry. OSHA identifies an "electrical hazard" as a "serious workplace hazard" that leaves workers in danger of electrocution. While there are numerous risks that exist on a construction site, electrocution is often a deadly risk that construction workers face. Unfortunately, most of the incidents of electrocution that occurred on construction sites were preventable, linked to the
negligence of supervisors and property owners.
If you have been electrocuted at a construction site, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Duncan Law Group. We believe in fighting for every person's right to compensation, and you can be confident that you are more than simply a case to us. Get started with a
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Electrocution Risks & Hazards
Burns are the most common injury related to electrocution. This type of accident occurs when the worker's body becomes part of the electrical circuit and can lead to permanent medical complications and death. Many electrical accidents result in fires as well, leading to additional
burn injuries, the risk of smoke inhalation, etc.
There are four different types of electrocution on construction sites:
- Electric shock
- Falls caused by electrical shock
- Fatal electrocution
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrocution is the fourth most common cause of construction worker death. One study indicated that falls, transportation injuries, and "struck by" accidents were the only accidents that caused more fatalities than electrocution.
Anyone that has been injured by electrocution needs the help of an experienced medical professional right away. These injuries can result in serious damage to both internal and external organs, and the extent of damage may only be recognized after being seen by a doctor. After you make sure that you are safe, speak with a member of the legal team at Duncan Law Group if you or a loved on suffered an electrocution injury at work.
Who is liable for construction site electrocution accidents?
Although workplace safety is a responsibility held by employees and their employers, construction site employers hold a special responsibility to keep their workers safe. Construction sites are innately dangerous. Because of this fact and the high volume of death associated with electrical accidents, construction employers must provide workers with adequate training, safety gear (when needed), and equipment that is not dangerous or faulty.
Many instances of electrocution are preventable, and can be considered a premises liability concern, including but not limited to:
- Live wires
- Inadequate lighting
- Faulty equipment
- Poorly marked work zones
- Improper tools
- Improper use of extension cords
- Lack of adequate protections
If you believe that your employer is partially or wholly responsible for your accident, the Chicago injury lawyers at Duncan Law Group can help you fight for the compensation that you need and deserve. We can examine all details of the situation and determine who is at fault, holding them accountable for their actions and preventing the same accident from injuring anyone else.
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