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Workplace electrical hazards can take on various forms

On Behalf of | May 15, 2022 | Workplace Accidents

While finding ways to promote safer workplace environments may be a goal that is shared by employers and employees alike, removing all safety hazards could prove a difficult feat. One hazard that continues to affect the lives of many workers involves the risks of electrocution. Electrical hazards play a role in many workplace accidents and incidents of this nature could pose a dire threat to the health of workers in New Jersey. 

While some electrical hazards may be more prevalent in fields such as construction, certain types of safety risks could be presence in virtually any workplace setting. Some common examples of workplace electrical hazards may include: 

  • Power lines and cables:  Those who perform job-related tasks near power lines and cables may find it vital to use caution, as contacting an active line could prove exceedingly hazardous. 
  • Work tools:  It may also be vital to perform frequent maintenance on workplace tools and equipment, as faulty tools could expose a person to the risks of electrocution. 
  • Wiring issues:  Improper wiring could create a multitude of safety concerns and overheated or overloaded circuits may only act to increase the risks of similar incidents. 
  • Exposed equipment:  Electrical cords and power units that contain exposed parts can also be dangerous and those who work around similar safety hazards may be at significant risk of injury. 

Studies also indicate that damaged insulation and inadequate grounding of equipment are two more examples of issues that may increase the risks of electrocution-related accidents. 

Individuals who suffer serious injuries during electrocution-related workplace accidents may encounter various challenges in life, physical and financial alike. Following such an incident, those who wish to know more about their available options for financial aid could consider speaking with an attorney for insight on the next steps to take. An attorney can examine the incident, address a client’s injuries and financial needs, and assist him or her in seeking the full amount of compensation achievable through all available outlets.