Construction Site Electrocution Accident and Injury Lawyer

 

 


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When someone is injured by electrocution while on the job, the results are usually quite severe, because industrial power sources are strong enough to kill a human. If this has happened to you or someone you know, they may be entitled to compensation.


Assessing a Construction Site Electrocution Accident


The first thing that must be assessed in an electrocution case, is “were the electrical safety standards met?” Depending on whether the accident occurred indoors or outdoors, the standards are different.
 The National Electric Code is cited for indoor accidents, and the National Electric Safety Code for any outdoor mishaps. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also has Federally mandated standards regarding the operation and maintenance of electrical facilities. Found here: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9868.


Causes of Electrocution Accidents


The majority of construction electrocution accidents don’t result from someone working directly with power lines but rather from unintentional contact with overhead or buried lines. Ladders, scaffolds, cranes, and other equipment can come in contact with a high voltage wire and kill or injure those operating the equipment. Every contractor has the responsibility of knowing the locations of all electrical lines and informing their workers of that. If they think the lines pose a threat to their workers, then the utility company should be contacted and allowed to oversee the moving, insulation or depowering of these lines.


Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in accident cases since 1978.