Electrocution Injuries In New York
Attorney serving the Bronx and New York
Electrocution injuries on construction sites throughout New York often happen due to negligence and failure to inspect the work site. Due to the amount of portable equipment requiring electricity, construction sites can be filled with loose wires and cables. When wires and cables aren't properly maintained or protected, they become damaged, exposing workers to dangerous electrical current. Wet surfaces and metal ladders often act as conductors of electricity and can put workers in danger.
Electrocutions on construction sites often involve:
- Contact with overhead powerlines
- Contact with ground lines
- Contact with a circuit or conductor
- Contact with faulty cords and extension cables
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Injuries sustained in electricity-based construction accidents can be severe and deadly. In many cases, the damage can be permanent. Injuries often include:
- Burns: Contact with an electric current can cause burns and blisters on the skin.
- Cardiac arrest: As a high-voltage current travels through your body, it can cause cardiac arrest or heart failure.
- Irregular heartbeat: Low-voltage currents can affect the heart, causing irregular heartbeats and arrhythmias to occur.
- Seizures: An electric current traveling through the brain can result in a seizure or other brain disorder.
- Muscle, tissue and nerve damage: Electric currents in the body can cause muscle spasms, swelling of connective tissue and nerve damage.
Electrocution injuries can cause a great deal of suffering to workers and their families. You could be out of work for months, unable to collect a paycheck. The damage could be permanent and prevent you from being able to perform certain activities and tasks. If you have sustained an electrocution industry at a construction site, we would like to speak with you. One of our experienced attorneys will fight for justice.
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Injuries related to workplace electrocution can be prevented. Regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires construction sites to include a ground fault circuit interrupter. This device can detect the small currents of electricity that veer off the intended path. Once it detects a leak, it will shut off all electricity, protecting workers from harm. However, if a New York construction company fails to implement the required safeguards, they should be held accountable.