For many construction workers in Minnesota and other states across the country, one of the biggest risks faced every day is electrocution. The reasons for this danger are varied and can affect workers in almost any part of the industry. We at Fellman Law Office can not only help if you or a loved one have been injured by electrocution, we have also provided information on the top causes of this danger so you can be better protected.
According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health, the incidents of electrocution happen most often when contact is made with live wires. While electrical workers can have this happen through junction boxes, circuit breakers, light fixtures, control panels and transformers, construction workers are more likely to have direct contact with overhead power lines.
One of the most common scenarios that can lead to electrocution is contact between overhead power lines and metal ladders or pipes. The contact can happened while you are touching the metal, but it also sometimes occurs after the metal object is energized and then touched by a worker.
Trucks and other vehicles are also sometimes energized. You are at a greater danger for this if you operate a crane, backhoe, dump truck, aerial lift or water well driller around any overhead power lines. Vehicles with metal scaffolding or poles can also be more dangerous. To learn more about these dangers and what to do if you or a loved one are electrocuted while working at a construction site, please visit our web page.