In our last post, we discussed electrical construction accidents, which kill many workers in Florida – and in fact, across the country – each year. Today, we would like to offer some tips for avoiding these common accidents:
*Protect yourself from contact with power lines when on construction sites. Look for signs and indicators of buried power lines and look for overhead lines when working. Contact utility companies before doing any digging in order to affirm the locations of buried power lines. Proximity to overhead power lines can increase the odds of workplace accidents, so always stay at least 10 feet away from these lines. Always assume that overhead lines are energized, unless you can definitively prove otherwise. Always use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders if you will be working near power lines; these pieces of equipment can help you prevent a serious construction accident. When working near or with power lines, follow proper procedures. Depending on the situation, lines may need to be insulated, guarded, grounded, or de-energized.
*Make sure that the power supply to the electrical equipment at a construction site is grounded properly and in used in correct conditions. Make sure that all power supply systems, electrical circuits, and electrical equipment is correctly grounded and conduct regular electrical systems inspections to insure that the path to ground is not broken in any way. Before each use of electrical equipment, look at the equipment and refuse to use it if it appears faulty or damaged. Remove all damaged electrical equipment from use/
Only use double-insulated tools at a construction site.
*Ensure that all equipment is used correctly. Only use only equipment that meets OSHA
Standards and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the equipment. Ignoring manufacturer’s instructions can invalidate warranties and can lead to serious injuries. Be especially careful about cords – never use them incorrectly and never alter them. Some construction sites use equipment that has been custom made or has been altered or repaired. Be sure that all such equipment on your construction site is in OSHA compliance.
Of course, even with these precautions, Florida construction workers are only as safe as their equipment and management teams. When those in charge do not provide safe working environments and when equipment and tool manufacturers do not provide safe products, injuries can still occur. Electrical construction accidents can be very serious, and Florida construction workers each year suffer from burn injuries, falls, and even death as a result of unsafe conditions or equipment. Everyone has a responsibility to keep construction sites safe.
If you have been injured as a result of a construction accident, qualified Florida attorneys can be an important part of your team as you recover and look for answers. Florida lawyers can get answers about how an accident took place and can ensure that you get the best treatment possible. Call The Law Offices of Flaxman & Lopez to learn about all your legal options. Simply call 1- 800-535-2962 (1 800 5 FLAXMAN) for a free, no-obligation discussion of your specific case.