Members of the local press approach the scene of a reported worksite fatality.
Police have the area cordoned off. Jackie from the Evening Reporter approaches
an officer asking, “Is it safe to come over, I have some questions.”
The officer coyly replies, “Not sure, ma’am, but I suppose
you’ll do what you want.” “What happened here today,
officer?” Jackie demands.
The officer hates the press, but he knows the quicker he answers, the sooner
this police scanner junkie will be gone. “It appears that a rooftop
construction worker was on the roof making repairs. The rooftop is flat,
as you see, and there is still a large amount of snow melt up there. Looks
like he was moving a ladder, slipped on the wet roof, and was electrocuted
when the aluminum ladder made contact with a power line. The coroner has
pronounced him dead, but the family has not been notified.”
Experienced Newburgh construction accident attorneys are never surprised about these types of accidents. Workers across the
nation are frequently electrocuted or shocked by electrical currents in
and around construction sites. The wet and muddy spring conditions make
worksites all the more dangerous.
Standing water, metal ladders, lifts, scaffolding, and metal building materials
all can carry an electrical current. They are all present at construction
sites and many worksites have faulty, degraded, and/or negligently installed
Many injuries can happen when a person’s unprotected body comes into
contact with live currents. Electrocution, by its very definition, means
that the victim was killed by an electric shock. And
death by electric shock happens more often than it should at worksites. Short of electrocution,
the victim can be shocked. Being jolted by electricity can trigger heart
attacks, seizures, brain disorders, hemorrhaging and even paralysis.
Depending on the circumstances of the event, the owner, operator, contractor
and/or subcontractor responsible for the safety of the construction site
may be held liable for the death or injury caused to the laborer.
The burdens faced by shocked workers and by the families of electrocuted
laborers are monumental. Many days, weeks, and even months will be lost
from work. Lost wages are compensable in a court of law.
Medical bills will mount to astronomical figures. The victim’s pain
and suffering is unimaginable. Such bills as well as pain and suffering
are compensable too.
Learn more about springtime construction site accidents and resulting injuries in
our latest article posted here. Read about falls from heights on illegal scaffolding, wet ground, and
in dangerous spots in
our blog posted here. Learn about falling from unsecured ladders, resulting injuries, and what
you can do in
our blog posted here. Read about falling debris at construction sites and workers’ related
our blog posted here.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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