Electrician injured at Work Claim *
As an electrician you face the risk of sustaining electrical injuries during the course of your work, a common one being electric shock. However, there are other factors that would lead to a work-related injury * to electricians also that may not necessarily be related to their core role. You are also at risk of an accident occurring as a result of hazards in the place of work. As you will be working in a number of different locations throughout the course of your work, you will not be aware of the environment in which you are expected to go to.
Who is liable?
It may be difficult to determine who is responsible for an electrician injured at work. In general, many people believe that an employer is liable for injuries to staff but this is not always the case. It may be the fault of the employee who has acted in a negligent manner during the course of their job. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 sets out certain duties placed on employers and employees when it comes to maintaining a duty of care.
- Provide a safe working environment for all employees
- Provide training and personal protective equipment required to carry out the job
- Managing activities in a way that prioritises the health and safety of employees
- Attend any training that is provided to them by their employer
- Report any problems or defects that they notice during the course of their work
- Do not act in a negligent manner which may lead to an accident
If these duties are not adhered to then accidents are likely to occur which will result in injury to the employee. If either the employer or employee is found to be in breach of these duties set out in the Act then they will be held liable for any accidents. If it is found that the injured has contributed to the cause of the injury then they will not be able to make a claim.
As electricians are expected to work in a number of different locations the occupier of the building may be held liable for accidents or injury. This is known as occupiers’ liability. If it is found that they did not have protective and preventative measures in place which in turn led to an accident then they will be held liable for any injuries sustained by the electrician on site.
Common Injuries to Electricians in Work *
Electrocution can cause serious injury or in some cases fatal injury. It is caused by electric shock, where an electric current passes through the body. Serious electric shock injuries may lead to a fatality if exposed to too much electric current or for a long period of time. Less serious electrical shock injuries usually occur to the hands. In these cases, medical attention should be sought immediately so that the injury does not worsen. A common cause of electrocution is in cases where the power had not been switched off before the electrician started their job.
Working with electricity can also lead to electrical burns, these can happen from contact with electric currents. A common cause of these type of burns are defective products or faulty electrical equipment.
Falling from heights
At times an electrician may be required to install or repair cables on a high point of a building where a ladder may be required to reach it. This is generally the case in the construction phase of a building where wiring needs to be installed, while repair work is usually done after the building is complete. Falling from a height will always be a risk for electricians climbing ladders to carry out their role.
An employer is obliged to provide ladders, safety harnesses and other related safety equipment, in cases where the equipment provided by the employer used to carry out the job is substandard and an accident occurs, the employer may be held liable for the incident.
As fall from a height may result in broken bones, fractures, cuts, bruises and injuries that could render them unfit to continue working for a long period of time.
Electricians working on buildings that contain asbestos may be at risk of exposure to asbestos-related diseases if they are to disturb the fibres while drilling or installing cables. To prevent exposure, electricians be provided with protective filtering face masks to protect against exposure.
Some of the most common causes of injury to electricians on the job are:
- Lack of training
- Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Lack of preventative measures
- Breach in the duty of care by the employer
- Not following health and safety regulations
- Falling from a height
Preventing Work-related Injuries to electricians *
If the right protective and preventative measures are put in place then the risk of accidents and injury will be reduced. Some of these measures include:
Lack of training is one of the biggest issues associated with workplace accidents *. This is due to the fact that either an employer fails to provide training or an employee may state they have had adequate training when they actually have not. It is important for employees that they attend any training sessions provided to them by their employer. This will help to reduce the risk of accident and injury as you will know what procedures to follow throughout the course of your work.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Electricians should be provided with the correct protective equipment before they can carry out their work. This includes the correct clothing and masks which may be needed to prevent serious injury. It is up to the employee to ensure that they wear the clothing provided to them.
Exposure to asbestos
Electricians are at high risk of asbestos exposure throughout the course of their work. If they disturb any fibres while carrying out their job it is likely that they will be affected by the asbestos. It is important that they are provided with the correct face masks to prevent this from happening. It is up to the owner of the building in which they are working in to notify them of where the asbestos is located so that they can take the necessary precautions. If they fail to do this they may be liable for injuries and illness as a result of occupiers’ negligence.
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