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Electrocution is not just for electricians; while electricians suffer approximately 20 percent of all workplace electrocutions, that means 80 percent are not suffered by electricians, but by other workers, including carpenters, welders, bricklayers, plumbers, machine operators, machine repair personnel, oil and gas workers, and construction workers.
According to statistics, electrocution is the fifth leading cause of death in the workplace and those numbers have remained steady over the years. In Texas, there are hundreds of electrocution cases every year and there are many potential causes. For example, construction workers often work with metal equipment such as towers, ladders, and scaffolding, and those can come in contact with live sources of electricity. In some cases, trucks, front end loaders, and forklifts can become unbalanced and tip into a live electrical source. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as a worker moving the latter and, in a split second of inattention, coming in contact with an electrical source, or perhaps a scaffolding system collapses and falls, throwing workers into a live electrical source, causing them to become a conduit for the electricity and being electrocuted as a result.
In Texas, electrocution is but one of a great number dangers that workers in many industries face, including those in the oil and gas industry, on a daily basis. Quite often, employers put profits ahead of safety and ignore precautions that may prevent workers from being electrocuted. When you look at the common causes of electrocution injuries, most can be prevented relatively quickly and easily.
Workers who suffer electrocution injuries often suffer other injuries as well due to their accidental electrical contact. It is not unusual for an electrocuted worker to also suffer broken bones and contusions from the impact of a fall, as well as internal injuries, burns, and nervous system damage. Most workers who are injured in such accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover their lost wages and medical bills, but many injured workers may also be entitled to file a personal injury claim against third parties who may have been negligent, as well, including general contractors, subcontractors, equipment suppliers, and even equipment manufacturers.
Electrocution injuries can happen on any job site with any size company; according to statistics, small companies with fewer than 10 workers and large companies with more than 100 workers experience roughly the same risk of electrocution, even though smaller companies often lack sufficient knowledge about safety precautions than do larger companies. In an attempt to reduce the risk of electrocution injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been urging employers to take extra time to focus on worker safety when it comes to electrocution, and teaching workers to understand the of importance of avoiding live electrical sources at all times, as well as understanding minimum clearing distances necessary to stay away from overhead power lines.
Being injured in an accident involving electrocution on the job can result in serious financial problems, not the least of which are high medical bills and loss of income. Such a situation can be devastating, but under many circumstances the victim of such an accident and their families may be entitled to obtain compensation for damages under a personal injury. The Texas electrocution lawyers at Adame Garza LLP are experienced with workplace electrocution accidents and can look at the facts and let you know your best course of action in making sure you and your family are fairly compensated for your damages and injuries. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.