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Importance of grounding in preventing electrical incidents

Posted on December 2, 2014 4:34 pm under Construction Accident

Electricity can travel through different conductors. These conductors can be anything: water, metals, the earth, even the human body. Normally, electricity flows from the power source to the electric tool, and back to the power source. However, a construction site’s rough environment may cause the current to deviate and flow outside its normal path, which increases the risk of electric hazards.

One of the ways to protect workers from unwanted voltage is through grounding. Grounding refers to the process of connecting electric circuits to the ground to eliminate an unwanted current and prevent it from flowing through the person’s body. With proper grounding, the risk of shock, burn and electrocution due to failed insulation or damaged electric tool is significantly reduced.

However, there are instances when worksites do not adhere to the safety measure of using grounded electric tools. If you believe the electricity-related construction accident you have been involved in was the result of someone else’s negligence in Appleton, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you seek financial restitution through a lawsuit. Call us at (414) 271-0900 and have your case assessed for free.