New figures released by the United States’ Bureau of Labor Statistics show that construction workers bear the brunt of the vast majority of on-the-job electrocutions. While the overall risk of being electrocuted on a job site is lower than some of the other hazards on OSHA’s “Fatal Four” list, the risk is very real. Indeed, over 70% of these types of on-the-job electrocution accidents in New York are within the construction industry.
250 of which involved construction workers.
Many of these accidents occur at job sites when equipment (such as ladder or tools) come into contact with electrical sources (such as exposed wiring). In rare cases, workers themselves may come into direct contact with a power source (such as a generator or transformer).
It is the responsibility of every individual to “work safe” by ensuring there’s no power flowing within a designated work area and that proper safety lockout procedures are followed. However, it is the responsibility of the general contractor to ensure that these safety procedures are being followed. It is also the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that individual workers have the necessary safety training and access to safety equipment to avoid these types of electrocution accidents in New York City.
If a worker is injured (or killed) because of a failure in oversite, the general contractor and property owner can be held responsible for the accident. If there is a violation of the New York Labor Law, victims and their surviving family members can seek financial compensation for pain and suffering and lost time from work (into the future). Claims may also be brought against other liable parties as well.
Getting the compensation you deserve, after an accident at a job site in NYC can be difficult. That’s why it’s always smart to speak with an experienced construction accident attorney in New York City before proceeding. For the compensation you deserve, call the experts at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 2121-385-1122 to discuss your case today.