If you work in the construction industry, you probably encounter a wide variety of hazards on a regular basis. Aside from falls, exposure to toxic chemicals and falling objects, you also need to recognize the risks associated with electrocution.
Construction workers in various trades suffer serious injuries and even die as a result of electrical shock. By going over some of the common electrical hazards in construction, you can reduce the likelihood of an accident, whether you are an employer or a worker.
Common causes of electrocution on construction sites
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that many construction workers suffer injuries in electrical accidents because they do not have a clear understanding of the hazards they face on the job. Many injuries take place as a result of hitting power lines, such as those who fail to identify buried power lines or workers who make contact with an overhead power line while using a metal ladder.
Some workers sustain injuries while using electrical equipment or extension cords incorrectly. When a power supply becomes broken or workers do not ground an electrical system or tool correctly, an accident could occur. Exposed electrical wires and short-circuits cause many electrical injuries and deaths.
Recovering from a construction accident involving electrocution
In the wake of an electrical accident, you need to go over all options with respect to the recovery process. Focus on your physical well-being, and take a look at the financial impact of the accident (from lost wages to medical costs). Some construction accident victims can secure workers’ compensation benefits, which could help with multiple aspects of your recovery.