A Shocking Reality: The Hidden Dangers of Electricity
Updated: Mar 2
We have become totally dependent electricity. While electricity has brought us many conveniences, it also can be life-threatening if not dealt with great care, respect and carefulness.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2010 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 46,500 house fires that were caused by electrical malfunction of failure. From 2005-2009, 49% of those home electrical fires involved lighting or electrical distribution equipment; another 46% were attributed to other known types of equipment, including stove ranges, washers, dryers, space heaters, and fans.
There are a number of factors that can cause an electric accident in your home, poor wiring is at the top of the list. If the electrical connections are old or cracked, they may overheat or possibly create exposure issues. Overloading of outlets or misuse of extension cords and surge protectors are another hazard. This could lead to serious injury or fire.
Electricity not only poses a risk in our homes but also in the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities, with over 300 deaths reported each year. Many of these fatalities occur in the construction industry, where workers are frequently exposed to high-voltage power lines and other electrical hazards.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workplaces are safe from electrical hazards. This includes providing adequate training for employees, ensuring that electrical equipment and wiring are properly installed and maintained, and conducting regular safety inspections.
In addition to electrocution, workplace electrical accidents can also cause severe burns, electrical shocks, and other injuries. These injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost wages, and long-term health issues.
The Oakes Firm is dedicated to helping injured people and grieving families obtain answers, justice, and full compensation. If you or a loved one have been injured because of an Electrical Accident, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We are available 24/7 for a free case consultation to evaluate your potential claims. Learn how an award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm can get you the help you need and the money you deserve.