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Personal Injury Due To Electrical Hazards

Electrocution or electric shock injuries are very common in construction sites. According to the website of Ali Mokaram, there are clear statistics that show the dangers of construction workers’ exposure to electricity as one of the leading causes of deaths in the workplace. In the United States, electrocutions rank as the fourth leading cause of death among construction workers, with electrical workers being the top victims, then construction workers and carpenters, roofers, and supervisors of non-electrical workers.

For electricians, the danger comes from working with “live” wires or being near them and mistaking de-energizing and lockout/tagout procedures. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks, and death by electrocution, For non-electricians, the risks arise from failing to avoid overhead live wires and the general lack of primary electrical safety awareness. Electric shocks can come from either direct or indirect contact, and any injury caused by strong electrical currents can have various effects to the body. Electrocution is the fatal result of a very strong electrical shock.

Non-electrical workers, such as those in the construction site, are in danger of electrocution via contact with hanging power lines after they have failed to de-energize or take care of the power lines or failing to keep the designated minimum clearance distance from live power lines. Based on information from the Abel Law Firm, many workers who suffered electrocutions or electrical shocks were injured through contact with electrical equipment, machinery, power tools, and defective power or extension cords. These physical contacts occurred on metal ladders, pipes, wires (that were intentionally stripped or cut or were accidentally damaged by drills or other tools) and other equipment or vehicles energized by live wires.

Furthermore, workers in cramped areas were a major contributor in electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. Water in the workplace also increased the risks of electrocution and electrical shock injuries, and even low-voltage contributed to accidents and construction site injuries. On order to prevent or lessen the dangers that come with working with electricity, construction sites should always follow the OSHA safety guidelines and ensure that they train their workers properly. Likewise they should also comply with the specific permit systems and procedure to ensure the safety of their workplace and their workers.

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