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Electrocution can result in injuries ranging from to electrical burns to death.  Electrical shocks have also caused workers to fall from elevated work surfaces or to lose control of handheld equipment, leading to severe injury. 

Fires, explosions, electrocution, thermal and chemical burns can result in serious life long impairments or death. Unfortunately, many workers are needlessly exposed to unnecessary dangers.  One of the biggest dangers at any refinery workers are fire and explosions. Both of these situations can also lead to inhalation of toxic fumes.

Refinery owners are obligated to provide a work environment that is properly maintained, meeting safety and environmental guidelines and regulations which are often insufficient or not up to standard.  Too often manufacturers make products that are unnecessarily dangerous that lead to burns and electrocutions which subject them to a tort often referred to as product liability.

According to statistics, burn injuries are the third largest cause of accidental death, leading to over three hundred thousand serious injuries and over six thousand deaths each year.  Electrocution is a serious risk at most construction sites. 

Electrical equipment, especially electrical tools and extension cords, are more susceptible to deterioration because construction sites frequently change and heavy work is being performed.

Electrocution risks at constructions sites include:

  • Defective equipment.
  • Frayed cords.
  • Missing ground prongs.
  • Cracked tool casing on electrical equipment.
  • Failure to provide ground fault protection or ground fault circuit interrupters.

The risk of electrical shocks is increased at construction sites, because of the likelihood of encountering wet and damp locations.  Extension cords connecting fixed electrical system and a tool can become worn, and if energized conductors are exposed fatal electrocution can occur.

Ground fault circuit interrupters are required by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) because of the questionable integrity of the ground fault path through temporary wiring, and because of the frequent presence of wetness due to working on damp earth, wet concrete and other damp or wet surfaces.

If you or a loved one has sustained an electrocution related injury can contact The Sheena Law Firm today.

Danny M. Sheena, P.E.

The Sheena Law Firm
2500 West Loop South, Suite 518
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 224-6508 - Office
(713) 225-1560 - Fax

Email: [email protected]


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