According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the last year on record showed that construction fatalities amounted to 20.3 percent of all private sector deaths. Of these, electrocution in the workplace accounted for 8.9 percent of the 3,929 worker fatalities within the construction industry. Recently, OSHA recorded its ten most cited safety violations. Electrical safety violations accounted for the eighth and tenth most cited OSHA safety infractions among employers.
Do not dismiss any injury that happens while working as accidental until you talk to a work injury lawyer near you. This is especially true if the electrocution injury caused you to miss work and pay for unnecessary medical bills. Workers compensation insurance provides benefits to assist those hurt on the job financially, but gaining these benefits can be complex in electrical accidents.
Victims of workplace electrical accidents can face a wide range of debilitating injuries. Electric shock can cause abnormal heart arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, kidney damage, brain damage and even seizures. Exposure to the high heat that electricity transfers through the human body means that burns account for a large proportion of electricity-related workplace injuries. OSHA has occupational safety and health standards that outline regulations for handling electrical equipment and preventing electrocution at work. These standards require employers to provide specific types of protective equipment for workers who may come in contact with electrical currents, including:
Those are just a few of the safety materials employers should provide employees to protect them from electrical accidents. Beyond personal protective equipment, employers are responsible for proper maintenance of electrical equipment, maintaining their corresponding systems and providing employees with proper training to use the equipment. By failing to provide employees with a safe working environment, the risk of shock injuries can drastically increase.
Frequent OSHA violations that have led to electrical injuries include violation of OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.303 and 29 CFR 1910.305. Employer violations to these and other regulatory codes constitute a violation of federal laws. Those violations may allow hurt employees, or families of fatal electrocution victims, to seek damages from an employer. If another party that is not the employer is at fault, injured workers may have the right to seek damages in a third party claim. The state of Ohio also dictates its own state-specific regulations via Section 4101 of its Revised Code. Those parameters address what constitutes an electrical hazard within a workplace. Employers are required to:
Failing to meet these regulations can put employees at risk of shock injury. Employers, coworkers, manufacturers, general contractors and owners of the property that the electrical shock occurred on are some of the parties show may be at fault for creating a high-risk work environment. Filing a workers compensation claim immediately following an injury is imperative to receiving just compensation. While their findings supplement a workers compensation claim, OSHA violations are not prerequisite for being awarded benefits from workers comp. OSHA does not need to investigate or find wrongdoing for a workers compensation claim to be successful.
The Ohio workers compensation claim process often requires the assistance of a workers compensation attorney who can explore all the possible legal avenues needed for success. The Columbus workers compensation law firm of Larrimer & Larrimer LLC has protected the rights of Ohio’s workers since 1929. During that time, the firm has expanded its offices from Columbus to Zanesville, Shadyside and Newark to serve injured workers and their families in and around the Columbus area. Contact a Columbus workers compensation lawyer at any of our locations to speak with an attorney who can begin your claim process. This will ensure your claim is handled with the knowledge of the law it deserves.
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