A Legal Guide to Electrical Hazards and Injury Claims on Construction Sites

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Explore the complexities of electrical hazards and injury claims on construction sites with The Dressie Law Firm. Learn about safety regulations, liability, and your legal rights in this comprehensive guide.

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Electrical Hazards and Injury Claims on Georgia Construction Sites

Construction workers harness immense power to erect buildings and infrastructure that form the foundations of our communities. Sadly, these bustling construction sites can prove hazardous to workers when safety practices fail. 

Every year in the United States, about 1,000 people die from electric shock. Most of these deaths occur in workplace accidents, especially in the construction industry. Considering how serious these construction accidents can be, it is essential to understand the legal landscape around electrical injuries in the construction industry to be able to pursue compensation if tragedy strikes.

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to experience an electrical injury on a construction site in Georgia, you have the right to fair compensation. However, understanding your rights and navigating the claims process can feel overwhelming, especially if you go through it alone. You don’t have to face this challenge alone – Dressie Law Firm is here to guide you through every step.

Dressie Law Firm has extensive experience representing individuals injured due to electrical hazards on construction sites throughout Georgia. We understand the complexities of these cases and are committed to aggressively fighting for the fair compensation you deserve.

    Understanding Electrical Hazards in Construction

    An electrical hazard in a construction site refers to any situation with a potential risk of electric shock, electrical burns, or other injuries. This can include exposed wiring, faulty electrical systems, or unsafe practices that may threaten workers’ safety on the construction site.

    Identifying and addressing electrical hazards is crucial to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working environment.

    Identifying Common Electrical Hazards

    Construction sites have a lot of possible dangers related to electricity. The following are some of the most common electrical hazards:

    • Exposed wiring: Damaged cords, open junction boxes, and improperly grounded equipment

    • Faulty tools and machinery: Defective electrical components in power tools, generators, and lighting systems

    • Overhead power lines: Working too close to high-voltage lines or failing to de-energize them before starting work

    • Wet conditions: Water increases the risk of shock, especially near electrical equipment

    These are just a few examples highlighting the importance of constant vigilance and adherence to safety regulations.

    Safety Regulations and Compliance

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates legally binding safety regulations for electrical systems in construction to protect workers. Failure to comply opens employers to citations and fines.

    Here are a few OSHA regulations that employers must abide by to maintain a safe workplace for construction workers in relation to electricity:

    • Approval: All electrical equipment must be certified (1926.403(a))

    • Safety Assurance: Employers must ensure electrical equipment is safe (1926.403(b))

    • Mounting and Cooling: Equipment must be securely mounted and cooled (1926.403(d))

    • Splices: Wires must be joined securely (1926.403(e))

    • Arcing Protection: Parts that may cause sparks and flames must be isolated (1926.403(f))

    • Marking: Equipment must be labeled with important information (1926.403(g))

    • Identification: Components must be marked for easy recognition (1926.403(h))

    • Workspace: Enough space must be provided for safe work (1926.403(i))

    • Over 600 Volts: Additional rules apply for higher voltage equipment (1926.403(j))

    Employers also maintain responsibilities under OSHA regulations, including:

    • Providing workplace electrical safety training programs for staff

    • Regularly inspect, test, and maintain electrical tools, lighting, generators, and wiring

    • Stopping use and reporting any identified electrical hazards like frayed cords

    • Furnishing proper PPE for arc flash hazards present on-site

    • Safe installation of equipment per manufacturers’ instructions and codes

    Legal Aspects of Electrical Injury Claims

    An electrical accident can instantly disrupt a construction worker’s life. But when prevention fails and electrical incidents occur, understanding Georgia state laws around workplace injury compensation and liability claims can assist victims in recovering damages for their losses.

    Workers’ Compensation and Liability

    Workers who suffer electrical injuries can file workers’ compensation claims with their employers’ insurance company through the State Board of Workers’ Compensation to recover medical expenses and partial lost wages due to an electrical shock or burn.

    Considering how dangerous construction sites can be, Georgia Code 34-9-2 mandates construction firms with 3+ employees carry workers’ compensation insurance or face financial penalties for noncompliance. However, workers’ compensation may not be the only solution.

    This is because, in some situations, parties other than the employer may be liable for your accident and injuries. In some cases, electrical accidents can result from the negligence of third parties like manufacturers or subcontractors. Sometimes, the negligence of these individuals may cause or contribute to preventable electrical incidents.

    In such cases, Georgia enables construction accident victims to pursue personal injury claims against these third parties. By demonstrating these external parties’ liability for causing the hazardous conditions that led to your injury, you can secure compensation from their insurance carriers.

    Determining fault amid the complex nature of construction sites can be challenging. As such, you may need experienced premises liability lawyers to help pinpoint all liable parties and hold them accountable. 

    Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

    In the aftermath of an electrical accident, it is crucial to prioritize medical care and safety as top concerns. Once the immediate needs are addressed and stabilized, important legal and administrative steps come into play to safeguard your rights. The following are some important steps you can take:

    Documentation for a Strong Case

    One key step is to document as much information as possible while the details are fresh. Some important details include:

    • Photographs of injuries, accident scene, and equipment involved
    • Written witness accounts and contact information
    • Medical records related to electrical shocks/burns

    Reporting and Official Records

    It’s important to report the incident up the chain of command, alerting supervisors and possibly your employer. It is also crucial that you follow company protocols for incident reporting. Creating an official record promptly can assist in later investigations.

    Seeking Legal Consultation

    The importance of seeking legal consultation cannot be overstated. It is crucial not to rely on empty promises but to actively consult with attorneys to assert your legal rights.

    Dressie Law Firm can help navigate regulatory reporting and claim filing, allowing you to focus on your recovery. We assist electrical injury victims by:

    • Interviewing witnesses before memories fade
    • Investigating the accident scene
    • Pinpointing all potentially negligent parties
    • Estimating total current and future financial impacts
    • Filing workers’ comp claims, civil lawsuits or both

    Dressie Law Firm: Georgia Trial Lawyers With True Grit

    At Dressie Law Firm, we compassionately tackle tough electrical accident cases. Our award-winning Construction accident lawyers in Atlanta boast 20 years of combined experience securing substantial verdicts and settlements for personal injury victims, including construction workers statewide. 

    Each client’s situation receives personalized attention as we build an airtight case backed by diligent investigation, shrewd legal strategy, and relentless drive to see justice done.

    Contact our law offices today for a free consultation and tailored guidance on protecting your rights after electrical accidents at construction sites. Together, we can help you regain control of your finances, health, and future.

    The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You

    If you or a loved one is a victim of a reckless or negligent driver, we want you to know that the law is on your side and so is the Dressie Law Firm.

    Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!