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Does your company protect you from electrical hazards?

If you work with electrical equipment or your job finds you working around power lines, you have to be vigilant. However, it is the responsibility of your employer to do everything possible to ensure your safety. Nevertheless, accidents happen and serious injuries can occur in a flash. if you believe an accident in which you were injured was not your fault, you should reach out for legal assistance as soon as possible.


Avoiding electrical hazards in the workplace


There are many kinds of electrical hazards to which you might be exposed. You could receive a shock, a burn, an injury from an explosion or an arc flash, or even be electrocuted. You and your coworkers can prevent many accidents from happening just by using safe work practices. For example, you should maintain your electric tools properly, avoid contact with energized sources and wear protective gear.


Being aware of potential dangers


A great deal of electrical current is present in many locations at a construction site, and electrocution is a very real concern. You could suffer a serious injury from old wiring or a faulty electrical outlet. Wet conditions are dangerous, even your wet skin, because water is an able conductor of electricity. If you are working near overhead power lines, you must ground any equipment, such as a crane. In addition, before you undertake any work on the power lines themselves, make sure that your employer or the owner of the lines has already had them deenergized.


Seeking help after an accident


Protect yourself as well as you can, but always be alert to potential trouble, especially if you observe unsafe conditions at the jobsite. If there has been an accident in which you were involved, and you have sustained injuries, now is the time to contact an experienced attorney who will pursue those responsible, protect your rights and see that you receive proper compensation for costs, such as your medical expenses and lost wages. 

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