According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electricity has been recognized as a serious work place hazard that accounts for as much as 5% of work place fatalities. Electricity exposes employees to serious injuries such as electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires, and explosions. These injuries can be so severe that they lead to fatalities.
The OSHA’s standard is put in place to minimize injuries caused by electrical hazards. This regulation standard focuses on the kind of design and use of electrical equipment and systems. The measure covers the exposed elements of an electrical installation such as lighting, equipment, motors, machines, appliances, switches, controls, and enclosures to ensure that most of these kinds of injuries can be prevented.
The best way to protect yourself against electrical hazards is to ensure you are protected from unsafe equipment or installation, unsafe environments, or unsafe work practices. In order to prevent such accidents, it is important to use installation, guarding, grounding, electrical protective devices, and safe work practices.
Construction companies/employers are required to abide by the OSHA’s standard in order to protect their workers. Some of the OSHA’s required safety practices include de-energizing electric equipment before inspection or repair, keeping electric tools properly maintained, exercising caution when working near energized lines, and using appropriate protective equipment. Unfortunately, employers will not take the necessary precautions in order to save both time and money, thus jeopardizing the safety of their employees.
If your employer has failed to take these precautions and you have been injured on the job, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. It is an employer’s duty to ensure your safety and provide a safe work environment. You may be entitled to compensation for any damages owed to you for your injury including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff are experienced in this area and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.