Electricians have a demanding job that requires them to have special training and skills to safely perform repairs and installations. Regardless of the level of training an electrician has received, these workers are still exposed to countless on-the-job hazards that can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Just like workers in other occupations, electricians have the right to file for workers’ compensation if they sustain an injury at work.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the following are common injury risks for electricians:
- Electrical Shock: If an electrician is shocked due to coming in contact with a current, they can suffer serious burns, heart damage, or death.
- Hand Injuries: Non-fatal hand injuries caused by minor electric shocks often happen when workers are using electrical wire or equipment. If the worker doesn’t receive immediate medical attention, the injury might result in permanent damage.
- Burn Injuries: Thermal burns from arc flashes and blasts, as well as electrical burns, are common when working with high-amperage currents. Arc flashes can reach temperatures as high as 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fall Injuries: Falls from ladders and scaffolding is a major injury risk for electricians, especially when they have to work on wires at high locations.
- Overexertion & Repetitive Stress Injuries: Muscle and bone damage can be caused by repetitive use of vibrating tools or holding the same position for a long time.
Consult With a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
If you are an electrician who suffered a work-related injury, you need to consult with our lawyers at the Law Offices of Wax & Wax to get help filing your worker’s compensation claim. We are here to answer all of your questions, and we will guide you through each aspect of the legal process to ensure your rights are protected.
Call (818) 946-0608, or contact our attorneys today to schedule your free case consultation.