If you work in the construction industry, you need to look out for various hazards on the job. If you are an electrician, you regularly face many risks, especially the risk of electrocution. Moreover, even if you are a painter, carpenter or work in another field, you could suffer an injury in an electrical accident.
Sadly, some electrical accidents prove fatal. It is important to go over statistics on electrical accidents to understand how widespread they are and take steps to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Statistics on electrical accidents in the construction industry
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 325 contract workers lost their lives as a result of electrocution between 2012 and 2016 and 77% of these fatalities involved construction workers. In fact, research shows that the likelihood of electrocution is roughly four times higher for those who work in construction in comparison to every other industry combined.
Reducing the odds of an electrical accident
There are multiple steps construction workers and those who run construction companies can take to reduce the likelihood of electrical accidents. Training is pivotal, even for those who are not electricians. Sometimes, construction workers become involved in electrical accidents because they face tough deadlines and work too quickly or work excessive hours.
Construction workers must watch out for electrical circuits and power lines at all times. You should regularly inspect tools and disconnect machinery prior to servicing. Moreover, do not use damaged extension cords. If you suffer an injury in an electrical accident while working, look over your options, such as workers’ compensation.