Electrocution is one of the most common causes of workplace accidents on construction sites. Employers must provide proper training and safeguards for workers to help prevent these incidents.
If you are injured by electrical hazards, you can likely recover workers’ compensation benefits. Knowing what the most common hazards are will help you prevent these accidents.
Improper grounding is the most common OSHA violation. When electrical components are properly grounded, unwanted voltage is eliminated, which helps to prevent electrocutions.
Most people know that electricity and water don’t mix. Construction workers should never use electric-powered devices near water. This increases the possibility of electrocution significantly.
Using damaged tools or equipment
Workers using tools or equipment with damaged cords or other damaged components can cause electrocution. These items should not be used until they are fixed or replaced. It’s also necessary for workers to check the equipment they plan to use at the start of the day for any damage that may lead to electrocution.
What to do after an electrocution incident at work
If an electric shock injures you while on the job, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Someone must call an ambulance for emergency treatment if the incident is severe. It’s also important to report the incident to your employer. Filing an accident report is crucial in any workers’ compensation claim.
Protecting your rights to workers’ compensation
If you experience an electric shock while on the job, be sure to report the incident immediately and seek medical treatment. Doing these two things will help protect your rights to recover the benefits you are entitled to. These cases can be complex, so learning your legal rights is recommended.