Anyone can be harmed by electricity in unsafe circumstances, but some individuals
are at greater risk than others, especially those in a work environment
that exposes them to these dangers on a regular basis. This includes maintenance
staff, engineers, electricians, professionals who work with electricity
directly, and anyone who may work on construction sites. Even office workers
who may work with electricity indirectly could be exposed to electrical
hazards. These accidents may occur due to incorrectly using electrical
equipment, using faulty electrical equipment, inadequate training, and
working near live equipment.
While employees certainly have an obligation to themselves and those around
them to operate equipment safely, employers have a duty to protect their
employees as well as members of the public who may be affected by their
failure to adhere to specific safety regulations. According to the Occupational
Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), employers must ensure that all electrical equipment is maintained, dust-tight,
explosion-proof, and safe for usage. Equipment must also not be located
in damp or wet locations, exposed to extreme temperatures, or exposed
to gases or vapors that may deteriorate the equipment. These are just
some of the safety measures that employers are required to take.
Some of the most high risk hazards that an employee may face occur when
an employer does not properly maintain equipment or subjects employees to
unsafe working conditions, and are all the more dangerous when conditions are harsh. Equipment may
become live, or make its surroundings live, in wet conditions, for example.
OSHA sets strict electrical standards that are designed to protect employees
because they have the right to a safe workplace.
The Stewart Law Firm represents this type of personal injury case, among
many others, and are able to help you determine the best course of action.
Even if you are a subcontracted worker, you may be able to pursue workers’
compensation benefits through filing a third party liability claim.