No matter what their job, almost all workers are exposed to the dangers of electrical shock each day. Although some professions carry more risk than others, electrical injuries may occur in almost any workplace, and thus their threat to workers should be taken seriously. Sadly, not all workers are aware of the risks of electrical systems. Even those in more dangerous workplaces who are aware of the risks deserve adequate safety preparation and other protections from the risk of electrocution and electric shock.
Injuries often associated with electricity include:
- Serious burns
- Electric shock
- Muscle spasms
- Falls from an elevated level
The workers who are in the most danger of electrical injury are those who work near power lines, electric fences, or other sources of high voltage, as well as those who work directly with underground cables. Other workers may be at risk of shock or other injuries from poorly maintained electrical appliances or overloaded equipment. Additionally, malfunctioning machinery can cause fires and explosions. In traditionally “safe” jobs, workers may be exposed to poorly wired electrical outlets or damaged electrical cables.
It is the responsibility of every employer to make sure that all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure that workers are not at risk for illness or injury. Sadly, serious accidents still occur in the workplace. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 for more information about your legal options.