Helping Electricians Recover Compensation After a Work Injury
Even the most well-trained electricians may be exposed to workplace hazards that can cause a serious injury. If you or your loved one suffered an on-the-job electrical injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you seek the appropriate benefits for your injuries. Our knowledgeable attorneys have been representing all types of workers, including electricians, in workers’ compensation claims for over 35 years.
Common Electrician Injuries
Electricians have a dangerous job. They are routinely exposed to potentially fatal electrical energy and other occupational risks. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) lists four injuries that are common among electricians:
- Electric Shock: Electric shocks are not always fatal, though they can cause severe damage. They often occur to the hands when a worker touches electrical wires or equipment. Electric shocks can also occur when a worker is drilling into power lines, using defective machinery, or is exposed to water leaks or power lines. If an electric shock injury was related to defective machinery, the injured worker may be entitled to additional compensation by filing a third-party claim against the manufacturer or other responsible party.
- Electrocution: Electrocution occurs when a worker is severely injured by an electric shock. Electrocutions are very often fatal. This can occur when a worker is exposed to a high current for too long. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cautions that currents greater than 75mA can cause death within a few minutes. It is important to note that even voltages as low as 50 volts can cause the heart to stop beating properly, breathing cessation, and muscle spasms.
- Burns: Electrical burns can occur when electricity passes through the body, often causing damage to the internal tissues. Arc or flash burns occur when electricity arcs through the air and conducts through the body. A worker must be near an electrical explosion and does not necessarily have to touch anything for it to happen.
- Falls: When someone suffers an electrical shock, they often lose control of their muscles and fall. They may experience painful muscle spasms that are sometimes strong enough to break bones or dislocate joints. Falls from electrical injuries can be particularly dangerous for those who work from heights.
- Non-Electrical Injuries: Electricians not only face risks associated with electricity, they may also suffer from other occupational injuries. Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and musculoskeletal disorders are common. Also, electricians often work outside and may be exposed to extreme temperatures and other dangerous work environment conditions.
Workplace Injury Prevention
OSHA encourages all employers to have a safety and health program in place to control electrical hazards. Many electrical worker injuries can be prevented through the proper implementation of safety measures. Employers can help reduce the risk of injury by:
- Ensuring that all equipment is maintained and in good working condition
- Guarding and grounding electrical equipment
- Providing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers
- Training workers on safe lifting techniques, lockout/tagout procedures, deenergizing equipment, using PPE, and maintaining a safe distance from energized parts
Types of Compensation
Electricians who are injured in workplace accidents may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of their medical expenses, lost wages, and specific loss injuries. Workers’ compensation is available to Pennsylvania employees regardless of who caused the accident. However, if the accident was caused by someone other than the employer, the injured worker may be able to file a third-party claim to recover additional damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering.
Philadelphia, PA Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Injured Electricians Obtain Compensation
If you were injured on-the-job, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can explain your legal options and help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. We proudly represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and throughout Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
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