If you work in the construction industry, you likely come across many different hazards while performing your job duties. Many construction workers become hurt after falling down or an object strikes them. Dangerous machinery and toxic chemicals are other concerns. However, it is especially important to pay attention to the risk of electrocution.
In addition, workers in other fields face the risk of electrocution as well. Every year, electrical accidents cause many workers to suffer serious injuries and even lose their lives.
Electrical accidents can affect workers in various fields
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some people are especially vulnerable when it comes to electrical accidents, such as those who work with electricity directly (electricians and engineers). However, some people indirectly work with electricity as well, such as salespeople and even office workers, and they can also become hurt in an electrical accident.
Electrical accident risks to recognize
Many different risk factors result in electrical accidents, such as using equipment improperly, making contact with a power line, inadequate ground-fault protection and the incorrect use of extension cords. Workers can suffer injuries due to fires, explosions and electrical shock. Often, electrical accidents occur unexpectedly. For example, if you become electrocuted while working on a ladder, you could fall down.
It is important to focus on your recovery in the wake of an electrical accident that occurred at work. Make sure you go over any resources that could make it easier for you to move forward. For example, you should take a look at the possibility of workers’ compensation benefits.