17 Feb 2016
Causes of Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites
Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez
On almost every construction site, there is an abundance of power tools, heavy machinery, and large construction vehicles used on a normal basis. Undoubtedly, these electronically powered pieces of equipment can cause a worker to suffer serious injuries from electrocution if they are not careful or employers do not enforce the proper safety precautions.
In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor states that electrocutions are amongst the “Fatal Four,” which are the top four most common causes of death on construction sites.
According to OSHA, the following four types of electrical injuries exist:
- Falls caused by electrical shocks
- Burns, which can result in blistering
- Electrical shocks
- Fatal electrocutions
Additionally, electrical shocks can cause a worker to suffer from internal organ damage and skin damage. If adequate medical care is not administered immediately, a person can suffer fatal injuries.
These types of accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including the following:
- Faulty equipment
- Unsafe tools
- Poorly marked construction zones
- Poor lighting on construction sites or hard-to-reach places
- Wires that have not been grounded properly
Was Your Loved One Electrocuted While Working on a Construction Site?
If one of your family members has sustained injuries in the workplace due to an electrocution that could have been avoided, we urge you to contact our Tampa construction accident lawyers at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law right away. We can stand by your side and pursue maximum compensation from the party responsible for your loved one’s injuries. No matter what your case may be, we can put an aggressive team on your side of the courtroom.