Construction sites present countless hazards and dangers to workers, and one of the most common forms of injury on a job site is electrocution. In fact, construction workers are more likely to suffer electrocution than even utility workers or power line installers. Contact with overhead power lines, improperly-grounded equipment, and unprotected ground faults are just some of the ways that construction sites present opportunities for electrocutions and electrical burns of workers – all of which can be prevented by the appropriate use of safety equipment and compliance with state and federal regulation. Nevertheless, those in charge of maintaining safe electrical systems or providing equipment to job sites often fail to dedicate the time and expense necessary to protecting worker safety.
As soon as possible after experiencing an electrocution accident on the job in South Carolina, contact the construction injury lawyers at Peake & Fowler for help in determining if you might have a third party claim for money damages, or to help ensure you receive the Workers’ Compensation benefits you’re owed.
Construction sites rife with opportunities for electrocution
Since construction job sites are places where numerous pieces of electrical equipment are constantly in use, as well as places being wired with electricity, there are many opportunities for electrical injuries. Common causes of electrocution of construction site workers include:
- Crane contact with overhead power lines, leading to electrocution of operators and workers on the ground below
- Failure of equipment supplier to adequately maintain heavy-duty tools, resulting in electrical failure
- Overloading or improperly connecting multiple extension cords
- Failure to provide necessary safety equipment, such as insulated gloves
- Failure to indicate presence of live wires
- Negligent design or installation of wiring systems
Effective Legal Help with Electrocution Injuries from Experienced South Carolina Workplace Accident Attorneys
Electrocution accidents can result in high costs related to treatment and recovery from injuries, extended recovery times, and pain and suffering. Often, Workers’ Compensation benefits simply aren’t enough to cover your family’s needs while you’re out of work after a serious injury. If you were hurt on the job due to an independent contractor or subcontractor’s negligence, get the compensation you deserve for your injuries by contacting the knowledgeable and dedicated Columbia construction accident attorneys at Peake & Fowler for a consultation, at 803-788-4370.
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