Countless workers are injured every year as a result of accidental electrocution and other electrical work injury. Even the most experienced and well trained workers are at risk. Injuries resulting from electrical shock, burn, or fire can be life altering.
At Lundy Law, our work injury attorneys are experience in helping the following electrical workers who are hurt on the job:
Working with electricity poses specific risks for workplace injury. If you work with electricity, you run the risk of electrical shock which often occur to the hands. Electrical shock can cause nerve damage and burns, some of which can be severe. Burns can occur even if you do not touch the electricity due to arc flashes and blasts.
An arc flash is a powerful, high-amperage current that travels through the air and can reach temperatures of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Deadly burns can occur quickly after an arc flash. Because electric and cable employees often work in bucket trucks high above the ground they are also at risk of falling from heights that can result in serious injuries.
Death from electrocution is also possible should you touch a live electric wire. When utility companies are required to dig, they must contact a utility location service to identify underground wires. If the utility location service marks the lines incorrectly or does not mark them at all, it is possible an electrician or cable employee could strike a live electric wire with a shovel, causing electrocution.
• Downed Power Lines
• Exposes Electrical parts
• Overloaded circuits
• Damaged and Improper installation of electrical lines
• Water instruction and wet conditions
• Electrical Wiring issues
After an electrocution workplace injury, you are eligible for workers’ compensation according to Pennsylvania law. If you suffer an injury while working as an electrician or cable employee in Philadelphia or any other city in Pennsylvania, your employer is required to have workers’ comp coverage either through an insurance company or self-insurance.
However, it is possible you may be eligible for additional compensation if there was any form of negligence involved in your accident. For example, if your employer did not provide adequate training regarding safety procedures or if a utility company failed to mark underground lines where you needed to dig, you could be eligible to file a claim against a third-party.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working with electricity or cable, or if a loved one has died of injuries sustained performing such jobs, contact Lundy Law to learn what rights you may have. We will guide you through the workers’ compensation process and discuss whether your case may be eligible for additional compensation.
You can arrange for a free consultation with one of our attorneys by completing the simple contact form or give us a call at 1-800-Lundy Law to learn whether you may be eligible.