Electrical Fires on Construction Sites: Workplace Dangers
There are so many hazards on an average construction site, and it pays for construction workers to be diligent when it comes to safety matters of all kinds. When accidents do happen, it’s important that you have skilled attorney on your side. The lawyers at our Melbourne, FL have years of experience addressing construction accidents and injuries sustained in manufacturing and related industries.
While falling objects, falls from structures, and vehicle accidents are among the most common hazards, there is also a serious risk of injury from electrical fires. Let’s consider these burn and injury dangers and examine your legal rights with regard to these matters.
The Dangers of Electrical Fires
When most people think of electrical accidents at construction sites, they think of electrocution injuries. Yet faulty wiring, poorly maintained tools, and issues with extension cords can result in potential fires and burn injuries.
Whether the issue is with a fire caused by sparks or electricity, or with burn injuries that were caused by exposure to electricity, these matters need to be taken seriously.
Causes of Electrical Fires
Some potential causes of electrical fires at construction sites include:
- Poor electrical wiring work
- Problems with portable generators
- Issues with power lines
- Overloading electrical circuits
- High-wattage power tools
- Old cords on power tools
- Faulty/poorly maintained machinery
- Damaged extension cords
- Mishaps during welding jobs
In addition to these issues, sparks and electricity can also cause fires if there are nearby flammable liquids, gases, or other flammable materials in the area.
Precautions to Take at a Worksite
If you are at a construction site where there is a risk of electrical injuries or fires, be sure to consider the following precautions:
- Make sure electrical circuits are off when not in use
- Make sure electrical circuits are not overloaded
- Ensure all power tools and equipment are properly maintained
- Discard any frayed or damaged cords
- Keep flammable materials away from potential sources of fire
- Have skilled electricians handle all wiring and electrical matters on a site
- Wear protective gloves and eyewear
As with any sort of fire danger, make sure that you have a working fire extinguisher on site to help put out any fires that occur.
Recovering from Burn Injuries
Burns caused by electricity are often much more serious than thermal burns (i.e., burns caused by flames or exposure to heat). As electricity passes through the body, it can affect nerves, muscles, bodily organs, and other soft tissues. If the injuries are mostly internal, detecting the extent and severity of the burn can be difficult.
Following any electrical fires or electrocutions that have been sustained, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention. Multiple doctor visits may be necessary to help address the injuries sustained, or to make sure you are in the clear following a burn injury or electrocution.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
For more information about your legal rights and options following a fire at your workplace, be sure to contact our team of construction accident attorneys. We will fight diligently for you in your time of legal need, assisting with worker’s compensation claims as well as lawsuits directly against your employer if need be.