Electric shock puts New York construction worker in critical condition
Electricity poses life-threatening hazards to any person who comes into contact with it. Construction workers who work on tall buildings or roofs are particularly vulnerable. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and part of that responsibility is to provide proper safety training. However, construction workers’ accidents involving electric shocks continue to occur.
According to the New York Post, an investigation is underway to determine the cause of a recent incident in which a construction worker suffered an injury. They say the accident happened on Tuesday, July 18 on the roof of a 29-story office building in Manhattan. No information was available about the circumstances that led to the injury caused by a high-voltage electrical shock.
However, it was reported that the construction worker is fighting for his life in the hospital. Paramedics apparently rushed the victim to the hospital after bringing him down from the high-rise shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. His condition at that time was reported to be critical. It is difficult to understand why those who work at such great heights would not be equipped with the knowledge related to electricity hazards that would protect them from construction workers’ accidents like this.
Common electrical risks
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, most job-related electrical injuries happen one of a few ways:
- Contact with the electric current of a machine, tool, appliance, or light fixture
- Contact with wiring, transformers, or other electrical components
- Contact with overhead powelines (a leading cause of electricity-related fatalities)
Many of these risks can be avoided with proper safety equipment and training. Employers have a responsibility to keep workers as safe as possible by training them thoroughly on electrical safety risks, providing adequate equipment and enforcing safety policies.
Options for injured workers
Injured workers can pursue financial assistance by filing benefits claims with the New York workers’ compensation program. However, receiving all the benefits to which they are entitled may be easier if pursued with the help of an experienced workers’ comp attorney. Such assistance will be particularly valuable if there are long-term health consequences and temporary or permanent disabilities that may affect an employee’s earning potential and his or her ability to provide financial support for a family.