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Electricians: Work-Related Injuries


According to the NFPA, between 2012 and 2016, 9,760 workers in the U.S. were injured through exposure to electricity.

Accidents happen every day at work and often lead to injuries. When we think of all the safety hazards that electricians are faced with at work, the obvious injury is electrocution. However, many other factors can also cause work-related injuries to electricians while at work. Some of the most common injuries specific to electricians include:


Electrocution is the most common cause of injury for electricians. Electric shock can vary in severity. It can cause minor burns to severe heart problems and even be fatal. According to the NFPA, between 2012 and 2016, 9,760 workers in the U.S. were injured through exposure to electricity. It is estimated that nearly three workers die each week from being exposed to electricity.

Falling From Heights

At times, electricians need to work at great heights, making things even more dangerous. When electrical wires need to be installed or repaired on roof spaces or in ceilings, electricians are at risk of falling. When electricians are required to work at heights, they use ladders or other elevated platforms, which can be extremely dangerous. If there is improper scaffold construction, this can be a risk factor. There are specific regulations set in place to protect all employees that need to work at heights.

Asbestos Exposure

Electricians exposed to asbestos are known to contract diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and pleural disease. Although the utilization of asbestos has been put to an end, those who have contracted these diseases while it was being used are entitled to making injury claims.

Injuries Caused By Equipment

The nature of an electrician’s job deems it necessary for him to work with various kinds of equipment and tools every day. Some common examples of misused equipment are:

  • Using circuit breakers or fuses with the wrong rating for over-current protection
  • Using modified cords or tools
  • Using cords or tools that have worn insulation or exposed wires

All equipment and machinery should be regularly inspected and maintained to prevent injuries.

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Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation to recover and move forward. Contact the St. Louis, Missouri workers compensation lawyers at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann to ensure that your rights are protected.

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Updated: March 24, 2022
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