Construction Accidents Involving Electrocution Can Be Deadly

June 20, 2016 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Construction Accidents Burn Injury Personal Injury Wrongful Death

A worker using a power tool on metal creating sparksThe legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton fights for the injured and their loved ones throughout Provo, putting their needs first in the quest for justice. When another person or party has caused an accident, you need skilled lawyers such as those at our law firm to help in the legal battle ahead.

This is particularly true with regard to industrial workplace and construction accidents. Construction companies have skilled legal teams in place, and going it alone can be extremely difficult. When facing issues related to electrocution or other sorts of serious or fatal electrical injuries, you shouldn't hesitate to speak with our attorneys.

The Dangers of Electrical Injuries

The National Institution of Health estimates that up to 1,000 people die each year as a result of electrical injuries, with thousands and thousands more serious injured. OSHA considers electrical injuries and electrocution one of the leading causes of of worker fatalities. Given these dangers, no one should take electrical injuries of any kind lightly.

Causes of Electrical Injuries at Workplaces

Common causes of electrical injuries and electrocution at construction sites include the following:

  • Poor wiring or installation of electric cords and extensions
  • Lack of proper ground-fault protection
  • Use of old construction equipment
  • Use of construction equipment that has not been maintained
  • Making contact with live wires

Construction workers and pedestrians/passersby can experience any of the above causes.

Electrical Burns and Disfigurement

Electrical burns can cause major injuries to the skin and superficial tissues of the body. In serious burn injuries that are caused by electricity, the injury victim may suffer significant disfigurement that will require reconstructive surgery. Grafting and other procedures could be necessary to help burn victims in such issues.

Soft Tissue and Nerve Damage

Perhaps more serious that any external disfigurement caused by burns, electrical injuries can lead to very serious damage to the muscles, tendons, and nerves. Permanent damage to these soft tissues might require years of physical therapy to address or account for. In some cases, a person many no longer be able to perform simple tasks that they once took for granted.

Effects on the Heart

With major current coursing through the body, there's a serious risk of cardiovascular health issues stemming from electrical injuries. Electrocution can also lead to issues with pacemakers and other items that may be implanted in the body, putting injury victims at serious risk of harm.

Safety and Proper Precautions Are Key

In order to prevent serious injuries and major tragedies from befalling workers and innocent bystanders, it's of the utmost importance that construction companies, their employees, and an contractors hired make safety their utmost concern. Live wires and other potential sources of electrocution need to be noted and labeled, and these hazards should be kept well away from any people who are not working at the construction site.

Simple safety such as this can save lives, which is why preventative measures cannot be taken for granted.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious electrical injury at or around a construction site, our team of attorney can help you. We will fight to obtain just compensation for the injuries that you have experienced, seeking damages for medical bills and lost wages, while also seeking to ensure that the negligent party does not repeat these sorts of actions again in the future.

Speak with the Attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

For more information about your legal rights after a serious accident at a construction site or industrial workplace, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our team of attorneys today. The lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will fight diligently for you in your time of legal need.