New Jersey Construction Accident Injuries: Electrical Mishaps
4/17/2012According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are nearly 350 deaths each year in the construction industry resulting from electrical accidents. This equates to more than one-third of all fatal construction accidents reported to OSHA annually.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a construction accident, you should discuss your legal options with a New Jersey personal injury law firm.
A Close Look at Electrical Accidents
One reason for the high number of fatal electrical accidents is that this category of accidents encompass such a wide array of scenarios. For example, an electrical accident can be any of the following:
- electric shock;
- power line contact; or
- steam accidents.
OSHA reports that the odds of you becoming a victim of an electrical accident increases significantly if your job involves working on scaffolding or cranes near electrical wires. The proximity to electricity combined with the large amount of ungrounded metal makes these jobs a very high risk for electrical accidents.
For many victims of electrical accidents the risk of a slip and fall injury is all too common. The sheer power of the electric shock can knock you off your feet. As many electrical jobs are done while working at high altitudes, a fall from this distance can cause serious injury or death.
Another by-product of electrical injuries are burns. Along with the shock itself, the result is usually burned skin or damage to your internal organs. The amount of heat that is exerted during a shock is enough to cause anywhere from minor to major burns.
Usually any burn that is classified as third degree or higher will often require skin grafts in order to repair the damage done. This is a disruptive, painful and expensive process for which you should be compensated in a personal injury claim.
Help from New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm
The law firm of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. LLC is the firm to turn to if you have been injured in a construction accident. Don't count on insurance companies to fairly settle your claim without a fight. Call us at 973-285-1100 today for a free consultation.
Category: Construction Accidents
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