Helping Clients And Their Families When Accidents Happen
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 150 deaths happen because of electrocution at work sites each year. The three main reasons for these fatal accidents are:
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with wiring, transformers and other electrical components
- Contact with electricity when handling machines, tools, light bulbs and appliances
The latter two categories were the leading causes of nonfatal workplace accidents. Construction accidents are the leading work group that suffers these electrocution deaths and injuries. The leading injury for nonfatal accidents is getting a severe burn. Electric burns can damage the organs, the skin, the respiratory system, and cause other physical damage and emotional trauma.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we have the resources and experience to help Ohio and Kentucky personal injury victims get justice for their injuries and compensation for the families of deceased victims. We hold construction companies, site owners, manufacturers and other responsible parties accountable when an electric injury causes death or harm.
Common Causes Of Electrocution Accidents
Some of the many reasons a worker or person visiting a construction site could be electrocuted include:
- High voltage power lines. Just a brief touching of one of these lines can cause a worker to die. Construction site supervisors should make sure the workers know of all the high-power voltage lines at the site and make sure the workers take all necessary precautions to avoid contact.
- Power cords. Contact with a cord that has worn down, has a tear or is defective can also cause death and injury. Cords should be regularly inspected for short circuits and other electric problems.
- Power equipment tools. Quality tools should be used. The tools should be regularly maintained and inspected. Workers should be taught how to use these tools. The right cords should be used for the right tools.
- Additional problems. An electrician should be employed to make sure the wires are properly grounded. The right tools should be used for the right job. Construction sites should be properly lit. Workers should not work when there is a possibility of being struck by lightning.
Responsibility For Electric Accidents At Construction Sites
Construction site owners are required to comply with the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They also need to comply with the National Electrical Safety Code. Sites should be inspected for defective wiring and any electricity dangers. Our trial lawyers work with professionals to determine if a federal or state safety regulation was violated.
Non-employees and independent contractors also have the right to pursue negligent parties who contributed to the injury or death. Possible defendants include:
- The manufacturers, distributors and retailers of any defective equipment
- Site owners and contractors for premises liability
- Public utilities if their negligence contributed to the electrocution or electric shock. For example, failure to properly insulate wires or electric lines may be negligence.
Contact An Experienced Lawyer Right Away
If a member of your family was killed due to an electrocution or if you suffer burns or any other harm due to an electrical failure, our attorneys have the experience you need. Please call for a free consultation at 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form. We see clients in Chesterland, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Chagrin Falls and across Ohio and northern Kentucky.