Electricians are responsible for designing, installing, and maintaining electrical wiring systems. Every aspect of modern life—both indoor and outdoor—needs the expertise of electricians to ensure that things function smoothly. The systems they maintain may be residential, commercial, or deal with heavy machinery and industrial equipment.
Electricians may be found with construction workers laying the wiring for new buildings or installing updated electrical systems for old buildings that are being renovated. They also maintain our power supply working outdoors year-round in every kind of weather to do repairs to power lines, transformers, transmission lines, and traffic signals.
Dealing with electricity every day comes with significant risk because mistakes can be instantly lethal. Non-lethal electrical work accidents can also inflict serious injury. Electricians working on power supply lines may have to scale the power poles when a lift bucket is not available. The job may also require the trimming of trees to free power lines. Some of the injuries common to those working as electricians include:
Many work injuries are preventable including those caused by electricity. By providing proper equipment and training for workers, many accidents can be avoided. Some common causes of electrical injuries are defective equipment, improper maintenance, such as failure to use lockout/tagout procedures, and equipment coming into contact with overhead powerlines.
Electricians injured on the job can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits, which cover medical treatment, wages lost, and vocational rehabilitation for workers who cannot return to their jobs. Families who have lost a loved one can receive death benefits.
If your injury was caused by defective equipment or another party who is not your employer, a third-party claim may be possible, which can recover damages for pain and suffering not available through Workers’ Compensation.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer of Gross & Kenny, LLP. Call 267-589-0090 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, allowing us to serve Pennsylvania and New Jersey.