When it comes to accidents in the work place, few people face the same level of danger and threats to safety as electricians. The mere thought of work accidents for electricians is enough to cause a wince and sharp intake of breath. Electricity is an unforgiving master and accidents involving it can cause a number of serious personal injuries.
What are the most common accidents at work facing electricians?
As well as electricity itself, electricians are often charged with working in environments where other threats to safety are both present and dangerous. Some if the most common causes of injuries at work for electricians include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Electric shocks and electrocutions
The impact of accidents with electricity can range from relatively minor burns to serious injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities. Given the dangers of electrocution, it is little wonder that such stringent health and safety laws surround the electric industry.
- Falling from heights
Have you ever seen an electrician at the top of a telegraph pole or the roof of a house and wondered: ‘What would happen if he fell off?’ The answer is, at the very least, serious work injuries would be suffered. The double whammy of an electric shock and a fall from height is a work accident from which the road to recovery is likely to be long and complicated. This is why protective equipment, such as harnesses, hard hats and gloves to prevent shocks, are worn when working in this environment.
- Asbestos exposure
Working alongside asbestos can cause serious work-related health problems both now and in the future. Electricians who are exposed to asbestos some of the old buildings in which they work can develop serious health problems, particularly with their lungs, in later life.
- Construction site accidents
Electricians often work on building sites, an environment where threats to safety are both numerous and varied. From falling objects to faulty machinery, care must be taken to prevent painful accidents at work.
If you are injured at work in an accident that was not your fault, occurred within the last three years and caused injuries which required medical attention, then you may be due some work injury compensation.
As a law firm with years of experience in processing personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to guide you through the accident claims process.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice