When you work as a construction worker in South Carolina, the hazards are seemingly endless. However, one major risk we would like to call attention to is electrical problems that cause burns. Burn injuries can be devastating for those in the construction industry and their families, so it is important to be aware, educate yourself, and do your best to prevent these accidents.
Electrical Burns Are The Most Common Shock-Related Injury
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), burns are the most common shock-related injury. Burns from electricity come in three different varieties:
- Electrical burns result from heat generated by the flow of electric current through the body. They are among the most serious and require immediate medical attention because the electric current flows through tissue or bone, generates heat and causes tissue damage.
- Arc burns or flash burns are high-temperature burns cause by an electric arc or explosion.
- Thermal contact burns occur when skin comes in contact with electric equipment that has overheated.
Occupations More Likely To Experience Burn Injuries
Certain construction occupations are at a higher risk for electrocution deaths. Those job titles include:
- Construction laborers
- Electrical power installers and repairers
No matter what, you should always use caution when working near electricity. Always assume that overhead wires are energized with lethal voltages, never operate electrical equipment while you're standing in water, and never repair electrical cord or equipment unless you are authorized (and properly trained!) to do so.
Speak With Columbia Burn Injury Attorney Kenny Berger
Were you seriously burned in a South Carolina accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another person? You may want to file a personal injury claim to secure the compensation that you need to move forward with your life. Contact Kenneth Berger, a Columbia burn injury lawyer, for a free consultation by calling 803-790-2800.