Construction sites can be dangerous to workers when proper safety measures are not observed. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers are exposed to many hazards, including electrocutions.
Below are four factors that cause electrical accidents on construction sites:
Contact with overhead power lines
Construction involves working at heights, and at times, workers come close to overhead power lines. This significantly increases the risk of electrocution. Overhead power lines are responsible for a significant percentage of accidents and fatalities in the construction industry.
Project managers or building owners should inform workers of a safe distance when working near them – warning signs should be around. It also helps to keep equipment away from such lines.
Contact with live wires
After electricians install wires in a building, the person in charge should ensure they are properly grounded and double-insulated before allowing other workers to work near them. Wires that are not yet insulated should be de-energized.
Electrical equipment with live wires should also be stored properly and de-energized. Coming into contact with live wires is dangerous and can result in life-threatening consequences.
Inadequate or poor lighting is a factor that contributes to different types of accidents on construction sites, including electrocutions. When a worker can’t see properly, they may touch a live wire or be exposed to other electrical hazards.
Contact with electrical currents when working with tools
Most tools and machines used for construction are electrical. When a tool or an appliance is damaged or substandard, a worker may come into contact with electrical currents.
Construction workers are exposed to different threats. If you were injured in the line of duty, you should learn more about your case to protect your rights and receive just compensation.