While many people think that electrocution in the workplace is a rare occurrence, it accounts for approximately 75 deaths and thousands of injuries each year in the U.S. Because electrocution injuries can be so severe, it’s important to understand that any type of worker can sustain an electrocution injury on the jobsite.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports anywhere between 5 and 10 workplace electrical accidents happen each day. There are a variety of ways for people to come in contact with live wires whether in an office setting or on a construction site. Overhead power lines, machinery and appliances, electrical equipment, and energized objects can all cause severe electrocution injuries or even death.
Electrocution Injuries Can Include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Thermal burns
- Changes in alertness
- Problems swallowing
- Vision and hearing problems
- Muscle spasms
- Lung failure
While electrocution injuries can produce severe external wounds, they are particularly dangerous for the injuries you can’t see. Electrocution can destroy muscle, nerve, and tissue inside the body unbeknownst to the victim. It can also cause heart problems like an irregular heartbeat or heart attack. After an electrocution injury, it’s important that the victim immediately receives medical treatment.
Because of the dangers of electrocution, employers are expected to keep employees safe from electrocution injuries. Employers need to properly train all employees who work around live wires on proper electrical safety. Additionally, safety signs should be placed around any electrical wires or equipment to warn employees of the danger. For employees like electricians who will be working with wires, they need to be provided with the appropriate safety equipment.
Houston Electrocution Injury Attorneys
Every employee has the right to a safe workplace. If your employer was negligent in its duties, and you sustained an electrocution injury on the job, you can hold them responsible. The experienced Houston workplace injury attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates have helped victims of electrocution accidents get the full compensation they need to recover from their injuries. Call us today for a free consultation.