Don't Become the Victim of an Austin Construction Site Electrocution Accident

When thinking about construction accidents, most people probably don't always consider the hazards of electrocution. However, OSHA has something called the "Fatal Four"—the four leading causes of death on construction sites—and electrocution was the number-three killer. 

When identifying what can happen when construction workers are exposed to electrical hazards, OSHA uses "BE SAFE" to recognize, avoid, and protect. 

  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Shock
  • Arc Flash/Arc Blast
  • Fire
  • Explosions 

Some real-life examples of construction site electrical accidents include:

  • Two workers were moving an aluminum ladder, and one of them was electrocuted when the ladder came in contact with overhead power lines. 
  • A worker was electrocuted while connecting a replacement electrical service box to the electrical service drop to the building. 
  • A worker was fatally injured when he was electrocuted and fell to the concrete floor while working from an 8-foot fiberglass step ladder. 

Why do these things happen? Electricity-related injuries and deaths are preventable. With extra care on the part of employers and their workers, hundreds of deaths and injuries can be avoided every year. Many of these accidents happen because of things like:

  • Inadequate tools
  • Faulty equipment
  • Construction zones that are not marked properly
  • Ungrounded live wires
  • Poor lighting in construction zones 

When you work in an inherently dangerous industry like construction, as much as you'd like to count on your employer to keep you safe, that isn't always the case. You need to look out for yourself and your co-workers, and always be on alert for safety violations. Take advantage of any and every workplace presentation, seminar, or pamphlet that gives details about how to stay safe on the job. If you feel like your employer is not following OSHA's safety regulations and guidelines, speak to them about your concerns. If the concerns are still not addressed, consider contacting OSHA yourself. Safety should always be the number-one priority on construction sites. 

If you were electrocuted or injured in a construction accident in Austin, you need to contact an experienced lawyer to represent you and your injuries. Contact construction accident attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.