Overhead and buried power lines on New York job sites put workers at risk for electrocution accidents.
Electrocution accidents on New York construction sites can harm both electricians and non-electricians on the job. Overhead and buried power lines at construction sites are especially hazardous because they are un-insulated and can carry extremely high voltage. Using tools and equipment (such as metal ladders, cranes, scaffolds, or backhoes) in close proximity to the power lines increases the risk for electrocution accidents. If there is no ground-fault protection, then insulation breaks, short-circuits, and exposed wires can cause a ground-fault that sends current through the worker's body, resulting in severe electrical burns, explosion and fire, or death. Even when the power system at a construction site is properly grounded, electrical equipment can quickly become hazardous under certain conditions. The misuse of electrical equipment and extension cords can also increase a construction worker's risk of suffering an electric shock. Burns and internal injuries are among the serious effects that an electric shock can have on the human body. The law requires that contractors make workers aware of the location of both overhead and underground electrical lines in order to minimize the chances of accidental electrocution.
New York Accident Lawyers and Electric Shock Claims
Safety is of the utmost importance around high-voltage electricity. There are well-defined regulations for construction workers employed with or around power lines, and it is the responsibility of supervisors, contractors, property owners, and other individuals to enforce them; failure to do so may make them liable for any injuries that result from their negligence. A New York injury lawyer can determine whether or not an electric shock victim has grounds for a lawsuit against third parties in a construction accident.
If you are the victim of an electrocution accident, consult a New York construction lawyer at Block O'Toole & Murphy today so that you can be sure your rights are protected. The firm has represented union electricians in electrocution accident cases throughout New York and obtained numerous successful results on their behalf.
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