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The Dangers Of Working With Electricity

August 17, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

A man was sent to the Broward Health Medical Center in May after surviving an electrocution. The man was a worker for Coral Gables’ MasTec, a construction company contracted by the Florida Power & Light Company, and sustained serious burns after being exposed to live wires.

A spokesman for the nearby Coral Ridge Country Club said that an office building lost power for a moment but, “the work was not being done on behalf of the country club.” A representative of MasTec reported that the accident victim was able to walk and talk after the ordeal. This good news is not often the case when dealing with electrocutions.

Electrical workers suffer the highest amount of electricity-related fatalities every year, and though this statistic may not be surprising, the number of those fatalities is. One electrical worker dies almost every day, and 30,000 non-fatal electrical accidents occur every year. Since demand for electricity is ever expanding, so too are the expectations of construction jobs that involve handling live wires.

These new pressures can cause a cultural attitude that electrical workers shouldn’t shy away from working on live or energized equipment, and that can lead to injury or death. This pressure can also cause construction companies to become relaxed with the safety measures they employ during construction. This puts both workers and the everyday person at risk from faulty construction and negligence. Don’t let an employer pressure you into a dangerous situation.

Can An Injury Attorney Help Electrocution Victims?

The lawyers of Colson Hicks Eidson have experience dealing with electrocution cases, and we know how to deal with construction companies that don’t take strides to ensure that their projects are safe. Visit our construction accidents page to learn more about what you can do if you are injured by faulty construction or electrical work.

Colson Hicks Eidson—Injury Attorneys