BE SAFE Electrocution Hazards

| Feb 16, 2021 | Construction Accidents, Premises Liability

At busy construction sites, electrical accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries to workers and bystanders alike. 

Different remedies are available to different victims. Generally, workers’ compensation covers job-related injuries. Workers’ compensation pays no-fault benefits which cover economic losses, such as medical bills and lost wages. Workers’ compensation does not always cover such injuries. If the employer recklessly placed workers in harm’s way, did not have a valid insurance policy, or a defective product caused the injury, victims can file civil claims. Non-employee bystanders may usually file civil claims as well.

Regardless of the facts, a Lexington personal injury attorney can obtain the compensation and justice these victims need and deserve.

Burns 

The heat from a live electric wire can be up to 35,000 degrees. Even a fraction of a second of contact could cause serious internal and external burns. These burns normally require extensive treatment at expensive specialty care centers. Despite the best efforts of doctors, some permanent injury, such as scarring or loss of use, typically remains. As a result, compensation in burn injury cases is usually quite significant.

Electrocution

Contact with overhead power lines and faulty or unsafe extension cords are the leading causes of electrocution injuries in Kentucky. Power lines often carry much more energy than the wires in a building under construction or being renovated. Furthermore, at busy construction sites, workers often feel pressure to misuse extension cords by plugging them into unapproved outlets, overusing them, or stretching them too far.

Shock

After almost any serious trauma injury, the body goes into shock. Blood flow to vital organs drops off to almost nothing. If not treated immediately, shock is usually fatal. Unfortunately, many construction site electrocutions occur at remote locations. Victims are not found right away, and many workers do not know proper shock first aid treatments. Most construction bosses do not keep tabs on the whereabouts of individual workers. Furthermore, many construction workers have Limited English Proficiency. Many LEP individuals do not understand complex safety instructions, like recognizing and treating shock.

Arc Blast

As mentioned, electrocution-related temperatures are unbelievably hot. The force of this heat often throws victims away from the source of the injury. This reaction prevents serious burns, or at least minimizes their effects. This force also often causes falls. Especially if the victim has a pre-existing condition, a fall from as little as four stories high could be fatal. Even if these victims survive, fallas often cause permanent injuries, like head injuries or broken bones which never entirely heal.

Fire

Wiring issues often cause fires. The faulty wiring could be at the construction site itself or, more likely, in a hastily-assembled break room or other such area. From a legal standpoint, bad wires are usually defective products. Typically, manufacturers are strictly liable for damages if their defective products cause injury. The underlying defect could be a design defect or a manufacturing defect. In design defect cases, some courts require victim/plaintiffs to prove that a reasonably safe alternative design was available.

Employer recklessness also causes many fires. Some employers do not exercise much oversight in this area. If injured workers must file negligence claims, Kentucky law prohibits these employers from using some common defenses, such as comparative fault and assumption of the risk. So, it’s easier to establish a lack of care. These same principles apply in similar situations as well.

Explosion

Defective products are also often responsible for sudden explosions. A mixture of dangerous chemicals floating in the air usually cause electrical explosions. So, these injuries are especially common at certain kinds of construction sites. Explosions cause more than burns and other superficial injuries. Even if the victim does not fall, an explosion often causes a Traumatic Brain Injury. Loud noises, like explosive blasts, trigger shock waves which disrupt primary brain functions.

Electrocution victims have several legal options. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. Home and hospital visits are available. #goodelawyers

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