Electrocution is a recognized hazard for construction workers and tree crews. According to OSHA, the major types of hazards for those working in these industries are contact with overhead power lines, contact with energized sources (e.g., vehicles, live parts, damaged or bare wires, defective equipment, machinery or tools) and improper use of extension and flexible cords.
Overhead and buried power lines are especially hazardous because they carry extremely high voltage. Fatalities from electrocution are possible as are burns and falls from elevations when workers are exposed to high voltage. Not only do cranes reach overhead power lines, but so do many high profile vehicles and workers on ladders or in man-baskets.
When employers fail to adopt or follow safety protocols and training is not regularly provided, construction workers and tree crews are at increased risk of injury from electrocution. Employers are required by law to provide safe and healthful working conditions for their employees and must act to prevent workplace accidents.
Iowa Workplace Electrocution Accidents Attorneys
If you or your family member has been injured in an Iowa workplace electrocution accident, contact the personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of John T. Hemminger for free consultation at 515-283-2116.
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