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Could I Be Electrocuted While Working on a Construction Site?

October 12, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

In 2012, 8.1 percent of construction accident deaths in the U.S. were caused by electrocution, according to the United States Department of Labor.

Thankfully, a recent construction accident in North Port caused by electrocution did not result in any fatalities. Still, while the four workers involved were lucky to escape with their lives, they suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization, which should not be taken lightly.

According to the Herald-Tribune, leading up to the incident, the four men, who were contractors with the City of North Port, were at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and South Biscayne Drive replacing a traffic signal assembly. The workers were using a crane to complete the project, and while they were preparing to pour concrete for a signal pole foundation, a cable attached to the crane’s boom somehow came in contact with a Florida Power and Light power line.

After the power line—which was reportedly carrying 23,000 volts of electricity—came in contact with the boom, electricity went through the crane and the men using it. Following the accident, one of the workers had to be airlifted to Tampa General Hospital Burn Center and two others had to be taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, one in critical condition. The fourth worker was treated at the scene.

Who Can I Call After Suffering a Serious Injury?

In the video below, injury lawyer Julie Braman Kane explains the steps you should take after suffering a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligence, which includes contacting legal assistance.

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