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Understanding the electrical hazard of overhead and buried power lines

Posted on December 1, 2014 4:18 pm under Construction Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers an electrical hazard to be among the top four most common causes of workplace injury in the country. In fact, the OSHA states that in 2013 alone, electrical hazards tragically claimed 82 of the 796 lives that were lost in construction-related accidents.

Contact with overhead and buried power lines has been among the most common causes of electrocution in U.S. worksites. Workers who use construction equipment and machineries that may come in contact with buried or overhead cable wires are at highest risk of electrical incidents. These workers are those who use backhoes, cranes, scaffolds, raised dump truck beds, concrete pumpers and jackhammer, and metal ladders.

Contact with high-powered cables is highly preventable. However, such incidents may still happen if the parties responsible would fall short of their duty in ensuring electrical safety in the workplace. If you believe another party should be held responsible for a construction accident in Milwaukee, speak with a construction accident attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by dialing (414) 271-0900 today.