As a lawyer who sues construction companies, I find it disturbing that fatal accidents continue to occur during construction projects. I am extremely saddened by the news that a 38 year old construction worker in Duluth, Minnesota fell victim to a deadly electrocution. The 38 year old had been working on a home in Duluth just prior to emergency crews and local police arriving on scene. However, upon arrival at the scene, the construction worker was unconscious, not breathing, and had no pulse. An electric blast took that young man’s life.
Simply stated, electrocution results when a person is exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. The major types of electrocution hazards in construction consist of the following: (1) contact with overhead power lines; (2) contact with energized sources (i.e. damaged or bare wires, defective equipment or tools, and other “live” parts); and (3) improper use of extension and flexible cords. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrocution was the fourth leading cause of construction site death in 2005. For the most up-to-date statistical data, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
Often times, construction workers injured from electrocution on a job site are not the result of carelessness on the part of the construction worker. Rather, the construction company itself or the operator of the construction site is to blame. Yet, it is the construction worker that is frequently exposed to this dangerous amount of electrical energy.
If you or someone you know was injured from electrocution please contact us today.
By: Brandon Stein