Working with electrical equipment increases the risk for electrocution and chemical burns. There are several potential causes of electrical injuries on the job:
- Contact with live power lines
- Improper use of extension cords
- Lack of ground-fault protection
- Misuse of electrical equipment
- Discontinuous or missing path to ground
29 CFR 1926.97 addresses the need for electrical protective equipment. There are also OSHA standards addressing electric power transmission and distribution, electric blasting, underground electrical installations, and protection from electric arcs. Unfortunately, some employers ignore the standards, while others don’t provide the training needed for workers to do their jobs in a safe manner. Other times, the electrical machine or product may be defective, which could mean that you have a product liability case.
Many workers’ compensation settlements are too low to cover an injured employee’s medical expenses and make up for lost wages. If you sustained a serious injury in a worksite accident, you may be able to file a personal injury or product liability claim for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of ability to work. This type of case is more complex, but it is what we do here at Butler Tobin.