Injuries at construction sites are commonly the result of falls or encounters with heavy objects. However, injuries caused by construction site electrocutions are more common than you think. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is one of the top four causes of injuries on construction sites.
Common Causes of Construction Site Electrocutions
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI), the most common causes of construction site electrocutions include:
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with wiring, transformers, and other electrical components
- Contact with the electric current of a machine, tool, appliance, or light fixture
There are other, less frequent causes of construction site electrocutions, including being struck by lightning and contact with underground power lines. The cause of an electrocution generally depends on the type of work the worker is performing. For instance, electricians may be more prone to electrocutions caused by contact with wiring and other electrical components, while workers on scaffolding may be more likely to encounter overhead power lines.
Construction Site Electrocutions and Negligence
Construction site electrocutions are typically preventable and are often the result of negligence. There are a number of different types of negligence on the part of contractors, owners, and other parties that can lead to electrocution. These include:
- Failure in design or manufacturing of equipment
- Failure to properly train workers on appropriate safety measures
- Improper installation of scaffolding
- Failure to properly maintain equipment
- Poorly marked electrical hazard areas
- Poor construction site lighting
- Ignoring workplace safety standards
Failing to follow OSHA’s workplace safety standards is one of the most common reasons for construction site electrocutions. These safety standards cover things such as power line clearance and the clear marking of hazards. If a contractor or owner is negligent, they should be held liable for any electrocution injuries that occur on their construction site.
Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney
Construction accident cases can be complex, so if you’ve been injured on a construction site, you want an experienced attorney on your side. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we’ve been helping injured construction workers for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.