If you have ever touched something metal after walking in socks along your carpet or petting your animal and gotten a shock, you probably realize that static electricity is not something that you want to mess around with. Just that low amount of voltage can be enough to give you a start, and it isn’t very powerful at all. While there are stories of people surviving all kinds of bizarre situations, such as being hit by lightning, you always want to take precautions when there is electricity, because for every one of those stories there are at least three others that tell of someone who didn’t walk away at all.
Electrocutions are considered part of the “Fatal Four” which refers to the injuries and causes of death that occur most often in construction work. Considering the fact that about twenty percent of all workplace deaths occur in the construction industry, that percentage is thrown into sharp relief and shows the danger you face every day. The problem with electricity is that just about every place you can work has it, and therefore every building has the potential for a deadly interaction.
We often hear about workplace deaths and how those killed are leaving behind families and friends who relied on and loved them. These deaths are always sad and can happen to anyone. In fact, many of the deaths that occur are people who worked in the construction industry for years, but were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Every time someone is killed on the job, another family is left devastated. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these deaths likely could have been avoided.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists the three most common causes of electrocution on the job as contact with overhead power lines (the voltage can range anywhere from 120 volts to 750,000 volts), contact with energized sources (such as bare wires), and improper use of flexible/extension cords. With a voltage range that wide, you need to always act with caution. The last thing you want is to end up another statistic for next year's report.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an electrical injury while on the job, call Collier today for a free consultation. Injuries that are sustained while working with electricity are no joke , and we will do everything in our power to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your pain.