Construction sites are inherently dangerous for all construction workers, but they can be particularly dangerous for electricians. In addition to the usual array of construction accidents to which all construction workers are vulnerable, electricians are at heightened risk for electrical burns. Electrical burns are among the most potentially severe types of injuries that can occur on construction sites, with even relatively minor burns often having dire consequences. The most serious electrical burns can result in death.
Tragically, most electrical burns sustained by electricians on construction sites could have been avoided if proper safety and training protocols had been followed. The work injury lawyers of Golitko & Daly have dedicated their professional lives to representing the victims of construction site and other workplace accidents, helping them to obtain the full measure of damages to which they are entitled under the law. When it comes to litigating claims involving construction injuries and electricians, our Indianapolis, IN attorneys have the skills, knowledge, and resources to handle even the most complex cases.
If you or a member of your family is an electrician who has been injured in a construction accident, or if you have lost a member of your family in such an accident, you deserve to know your legal rights and options. We urge you to contact Golitko & Daly today for an evaluation of your construction accident case.
The Most Common Accidents Sustained by Electricians on Construction Sites
Electricians are prone to the same types of accidents on construction sites as any other construction worker, including slip-and-fall accidents and accidents involving heavy machinery. However, they are most likely to suffer accidents involving electrical shock. According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the most common injury to occur as a result of electrical shock is an electrical burn.
There are three basic types of electrical burns:
- A true electrical burn: This type of burn occurs when an electric current passes through a person’s soft tissues or bones and generates enough heat to damage those tissues. This is the most serious type of burn that can be caused by an electrical shock. If the victim does not receive immediate medical attention, death is extremely likely.
- An arc burn: This type of burn occurs when an electric current flows from its source to the ground and then through a person’s body. Arc burns are excruciating and can cause serious damage to the tissues.
- A flash burn: This type of burn results from an electrical arc, but does not penetrate the skin. Like arc burns, flash burns are painful and potentially extremely harmful.
- Thermal contact burns: These burns result from the skin coming into contact with the hot surfaces of equipment or when flames occur due to an electric arc.
Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Construction Injury Case
To arrange for an evaluation of your construction injury case, we encourage you to contact the personal injury attorneys of Golitko & Daly today.