Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers
Aggressive Representation for Victims of Electrocution
The very nature of construction work makes it inherently dangerous. Workers deal with heavy equipment, often work in perilous conditions at heights, and they frequently work around exposed wires and other electrocution hazards.
In fact, in the United States electrocution is the second leading cause of death on construction sites. Electrocution is one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “Fatal Four” listing, which also includes falls, struck-by, and caught-in or caught-between hazards.
Although OSHA and other safety organizations have recognized the seriousness of shock and electrocutions on job sites, and have developed standards for workplace safety, there are still numerous electrically induced injuries on construction sites every day. Further, it takes as little as 50 milliamperes of electricity – which is just a tiny fraction of one amp – to cause death.
On a construction site and elsewhere, there are many professions at risk for shock and electrocution. These include:
- Utility workers
- Construction workers
- Crane operators
- Tree trimmers
- Many others
A wide range of injuries can happen when one deals with exposed wiring, as well as wiring that is not properly installed. These injuries can be extremely serious, and even deadly. Electrically related injuries can have a long-lasting – or even lifelong – impact on a person’s work and life in general. Many who are electrocuted may never be able to work again.
Common electrical-related injuries can include:
- Nerve Damage
- Brain Injury
- Organ Damage
- Cardiac Arrest
Common Causes of Shock and Electrocution
Every job site should follow OSHA industry standards for safeguarding sites against electrocution. Some of the common causes of electrical accidents include:
- Faulty equipment
- Improper tools
- Live wires that have not been grounded
- Unmarked or poorly marked construction areas
- Inadequate lighting
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with energized sources
- Improper use of extension and flexible power cords
- Damaged power cords
- Faulty electrical outlets
- Working around water, or working while skin is wet, as water is a powerful conductor of electricity
Staying Safe on the Job Site
Always being conscious of the risks of electrocution, and taking precautions, is the best way to stay safe on a construction site. Even those who are not working directly with electricity may be susceptible to shock and electrocution.
The following guidelines can help you to stay safe:
- Get appropriate training
- Always follow procedures for lockout/tagout
- Always use ground-fault circuit interrupters
- Stay aware of overhead power lines, and maintain a safe distance from them
- Use power tools and other equipment only for their designated purposes
- Always check extension cords and tools for fraying, cuts, abrasions, and damaged insulation
If you have sustained an electrical injury, or a loved one has died from an electrical injury, you have a right to financial compensation. You may face a long road to recovery, an ever-climbing stack of medical and other bills, and time away from work to recover. The Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC can help you build a strong case for your injuries.
You may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical evaluation and treatment
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages, past and future
- Pain and suffering
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Will Uphold Your Rights
Construction accidents can be traumatic and debilitating. After a construction site injury, you may wonder how you will pay your mounting medical bills and recover the wages you lost during your recovery. A Philadelphia construction accident lawyer can help. Please call the legal team at McCann & Wall, LLC today at 215-569-8488 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Chester County and Delaware County, as well as the states of Delaware and New Jersey.