Electrocutions are the third leading causes of death among construction workers. Electrocutions are unpredictable and can happen when you least expect it. Maintaining safety is a concern we all face when we choose to work at a construction site or someone’s home.
You can be electrocuted in cramped areas, attics, dropped ceilings, on metal ladders, under houses, and basements. For instance, if fiberglass is dry and is not cleaned, the glass can conduct electricity. The Occupational Safety Hazard Association released an instructional power line guide video for construction workers to protect themselves from electrocutions in the workplace. The video showcased two construction workers who were employed to seal windows. One of the workers was on the ground while the other was by the window. The employee next to the window used an extended metal ladder to help him reach the third story windows. The ladder’s base was positioned eight feet from the wall and not stable enough to support the weight. As a result, the worker fell backward holding on to the extended ladder when he tried to reposition it by himself. The ladder fell on a power line with the conducted electricity killing the worker instantly.
If you are a construction worker, you could be electrocuted by electric wiring, power lines, machinery appliances or incorrectly installed metal pipes. These injuries may be severe, causing brain trauma, neck and spinal-cord damage, third-degree burns and amputations resulting in you being unable to work and provide for your family. You might be in excruciating pain preventing you from returning to work. If you have been affected by a work injury, then you should consider applying for workers’ compensation.
In Pittsburgh, an employer can refute your claim if they feel the injury was self-inflicted. In this case, you may want to hire an experienced attorney well versed in construction accident law. The attorney can help you fight your case, and you may be able to receive compensation to cover your injuries.