When we think of an electrician injured at work, getting an electric shock is the first, and sometimes the only risk we associate with an electrician’s job. However, it is not the only risk.
An electrician’s job is such that they work on different types of sites, some of which may present dangers inherent in that particular industry. For example, an electrician working on a building site faces the risk of falling from great height, an object falling on them from great height, scaffolding accidents, and heavy vehicle accidents amongst others. This is all in addition to the risk of electric shock.
Laws Associated With Working With Or Near Electrical Systems
As electrocution is an obvious risk for an electrician and those working with electricity, special provisions have been made by the law to ensure the safety of all those who work with or near electrical equipment and electrical circuits. Two acts in particular that are relevant to protection against electrical injuries are:
Both of these Acts make employers or contractors responsible for ensuring that proper measures are put in place to protect electricians from injury or death caused by electricity.
While it is expected that electricians will take the appropriate precautions to protect themselves from potential dangers and injury, they may still suffer injuries because of somebody else’s negligence. If you are an electrician on contract to do any electrical work and you suffer injuries at work that were due to no fault of yours, you should explore your options for filing a claim for compensation.
How Employers And Contractors Can Prevent Injuries To Electricians At Work
According to the two Acts mentioned above, employers are responsible for taking reasonable precautions to prevent electrician injuries. Here’s a look at the different types of risks that electricians face on the job and how they can be prevented.
Electrocution may seem like an obvious risk for an electrician but there are things employers can do to minimise this risk. For instance, they must make sure that the power supply has been switched off before the electrician begins work on the electrician system. In addition, they must provide electricians with high quality diagnostic and repair tools that are properly insulated and specifically meant for working with power sources. Using inappropriate tools while working with electrical systems is a common cause of electrocution.
Falling from height –
Electricians install and repair cables from the lowest point in a building to the highest. The installation work may be carried out during the construction phase while the repair work is typically done on completed buildings. For all electrical work being carried out at height, employers must provide electricians with ladders and proper safety harness. Flimsy ladders and substandard safety harnesses are common causes of electricians falling from height.
Cuts and bruises –
Electricians working in cramped spaces is not unusual. However, if the space is dimly lit or crammed full of obstacles, there is a high chance of the electrician getting cut or bruised while working in the dark. Employers must also ensure that the space is clear and well lit to minimise the odds of cuts and bruises.
Exposure to asbestos –
Although asbestos has been declared illegal for several years now, there are many buildings in the UK that still have asbestos present. Electricians are at high risk of asbestos exposure if they disturb the fibres while drilling or hammering during the course of their work. Face fitted filtering dust masks provide some protection against asbestos.
Building owners are required to inform all workers about where the asbestos is located so they can take the proper precautions. Failure to do this before carrying out electrical work is tantamount to negligence and the owner can be held liable and an asbestos compensation claim may be pursued.
In addition, irrespective of all other factors, all electricians must be provided with industry-standard personal protective equipment. This may include hard hats for protection against falling objects and bumps in cramped spaces, safety trainers offer better traction on steps and ladders and gloves. If you think you were supplied with incorrect PPE then please refer to this page.
Electrician Injured At Work And Claiming Compensation
If, while carrying out some electrical work, you sustain injuries that are due to somebody else’s mistake or negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. The money that is awarded to you is meant to compensate you for your pain and suffering as well as for all your medical expenses including hospital bills, medication and ongoing treatment, the cost of transportation for your treatment, loss of income if any and cost of any structural changes to the home that may be necessary.
When it comes to filing an electrician injured at work compensation claim, unless you have thorough knowledge of personal injury law, it is advisable to contact an expert personal injury solicitor to file and fight your case for you. All of our in-house personal injury solicitors have extensive experience in claims for accidents at work and know how to put a case together for the best chances of winning. They will help you get together all the evidence and use it to build a strong case on your behalf. They will also get a medical expert to verify your injuries and what required treatment is necessary and will make sure that your case is filed before the 3-year statute of limitations has passed.
Our personal injury solicitors will fight your electrician injured at work claim without charging you any fees at the outset. If you have a strong case, in lieu of fees, we will ask you to sign a No Win No Fee agreement which states that you will pay only an agreed percentage of your compensation when the claim has been successful. It’s very straightforward and we always explain what’s involved before you need to agree to anything. You will undoubtedly benefit from their vast knowledge and experience and also importantly, it can increase your odds of winning the case tremendously.
If you’re an electrician injured at work or are reading this advice on behalf of an injured electrician and need to claim compensation please contact us today.