It is pivotal to reflect on the myriad of hazards you face as a construction worker, such as working with dangerous equipment and falling down. In addition, you should understand the risk of an electrical accident. Regardless of your trade, you could suffer a serious injury due to electrocution, and these accidents can occur in a variety of ways.
Reviewing data on electrical accidents sheds light on how prevalent injuries resulting from electrocution actually are, and statistics serve as a reminder to prioritize workplace safety.
Data on electrical accidents in construction
According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the likelihood of a construction worker becoming electrocuted is roughly four times higher in comparison to those working in every other industry combined. In fact, 77% of electrocutions involving contract workers between 2012 and 2016 involved those working in construction.
From 2011 to 2015, over 100 electricians died due to electrocution, more than other trades. Those installing power lines, HVAC mechanics, roofers and laborers also faced higher rates of fatal electrocutions.
Electrical accident hazards on construction sites
Many electrical accidents occur due to direct and indirect contact with electrical equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, control panels and light fixtures. Underground and overhead power lines play a role in many electrical accidents, and you could suffer an injury due to an electrical accident involving an extension cord or tool.
If you sustained an injury or lost a loved one due to an electrical accident, it is critical to examine the details of what happened. If another party’s negligence contributed to an electrical accident, gather evidence and investigate the accident thoroughly.