Can Workers Protect Themselves Against Electrical Mishaps?

Accidents involving electricity could prove fatal. In the United States, roughly 1,000 people die due to electrical accidents each year, so workers in Georgia must be extra cautious when dealing with electrical lines. In the event of an injury, it may be possible to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Workers must avoid becoming part of the electrical circuit, or else they might find that electricity travels through them. Numerous strategies exist for keeping workers from becoming involved in such a dangerous mishap. The installation of a ground cable or using insulating material may help. Hopefully, the workers’ employer provides additional safety equipment to reduce the chances of harm. If not, the employer may face negligence claims.

De-energizing the circuit may provide a reliable way to curtail potential injuries. Cutting the voltage to the circuit makes electrocution impossible as no electricity means no electrocutions. One problem here is that the circuit could be re-energized without any warning. Workers might continue their work, assuming someone cut the power. Disastrous accidents could follow in such scenarios.

Immediate emergency responses could save a life if an accident occurs. Calling 911 to deal with a fire or explosion and summon an ambulance might quickly bring a situation under control. Someone on the worksite should know first aid and how to use an appropriate fire extinguisher.

Questions may arise regarding whether management provides training on how to deal with an emergency and whether management provides electrical safety training. If not, such omissions might be brought up in a civil suit.

Workers injured by electricity or other causes on the job may speak with an attorney about filing for workers’ compensation. An attorney may fill out all necessary forms on behalf of a client. An attorney might also handle appeals if the first claim receives a denial. The attorney may advise a client of applicable law related to appeals.