According to OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration), approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities on construction sites involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes. However, what many people may not realize is that overhead power lines causing electrocution are the main cause of crane construction site deaths.
Statistics reported by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training show that 25 percent of crane-related deaths involved power line electrocutions. These accidents occurred when the crane boom, cable or cable load line contacted an overhead power line. More than half of construction site workers died while they were on foot and touching or guiding the crane load or cables. Other instances where workers died involved crane operators who got electrocuted when they touched or jumped down from the crane.
What about liability for crane electrocution accidents?
OSHA creates regulations to protect workers against serious injury and death. Also, crane electrocution accidents have not gone unnoticed by OSHA. In fact, OSHA requires employers to do the following:
- Ensure power companies de-energize overhead power lines and ground the lines
- Maintain safe distances from power lines
- Have power companies install insulated sleeves over power lines
- Train workers about power line hazards and take protective measures
If proper safety precautions do not exist on construction sites, injured workers or families may be able to hold parties liable for serious injuries or deaths. Negligent employers or power companies may be liable for damages. An El Paso construction accident attorney from Guerra & Farah, PLLC can evaluate your accident injury or the wrongful death of your loved one and advise the prospects of pursuing a case.