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Construction sites and the risk of electrocution

Construction workers may face a number of dangers at work, including falling off of ladders, equipment malfunctions, falling debris and others. However, many also run the risk of suffering due to electrical shock. In Staten Island, and cities all over New York, electricians may sustain a debilitating injury after they are electrocuted. Moreover, electrical accidents can also injure those who work in other trades. As a result, it is pivotal for workers in the construction industry to identify risks on the job site and take preventative measures as well.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that electrocution is one of the primary causes of fatal construction accidents. In fact, 8.6 percent of construction workers who passed away in an on-the-job accident during 2015 died due to electrocution. Other major causes include falling, becoming caught-in between and being struck by objects.

There are a number of dangers that those employed in construction can watch out for when they are on the job. For example, workers should keep an eye out for power lines and electrical parts that are exposed, which includes defective equipment. Electricians and all others who work on job sites should beware of circuits that are overloaded and poor wiring. Moreover, the risks associated with these dangers are worsened in wet environments.

Sometimes, electrical accidents occur regardless of how careful workers are. When someone is electrocuted on a construction site, it is essential for them to assess any of their options and take advantage of any helpful resources as they recover.

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