Dangerous Electricity: New Jersey Construction Workers Face Electrical Shock Hazards Each Day
Any job that requires a hard hat and other protective equipment probably involves significant risk. When you walk by a construction site, you probably notice the high scaffolding, the heavy equipment, and the dangerous power tools—but what you may not see is one of the greatest risks of all.
Electrical injury accounts for a significant portion of construction accidents, and for an invisible hazard, it can do some serious damage. Electrical workers are directly exposed to wiring, while all trades present on a construction site must contend with overhead power lines, equipment, and other tools that could deliver a fatal shock.
While it may seem like an accident, many of these accidents involving electricity are the result of negligent oversight and preparation, and workers who are injured on the job could be entitled to significant compensation.
Safety on the Site Requires Vigilance by Everyone
On a busy construction site, you rely on every party to uphold the safety responsibilities that keep everyone on the site safe. One of the major causes of electrical shock on the job involves a failure on someone’s part to protect live power lines or wiring. There are very strict standards in place to prevent electrical shock injuries and deaths, but if these standards are forgotten or ignored, serious damage could be done.
Construction site electricity injuries vary based on exposure, but victims of electrical shock could suffer:
- Serious burns
- Nervous system damage or paralysis
- Heart complications
- Death (electrocution)
Morris Plains Construction Accident Injury Attorney Serving Injured Workers
If you have suffered a serious electrical injury on the job, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our firm today to discuss your case in a free consultation by filling out the online contact form on this page or calling our Morris Plains location.