Workers are entitled to a safe workplace that is free from known hazards. To that end, OSHA is making it a point to ensure that those who work on or near electrical components do not get hurt or killed at work. Between October 2012 and September 2018, six electrical installation professionals were killed in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. A representative from OSHA who works in Missouri says that employers can keep their workers safe by providing them with adequate training and other resources.
OSHA itself provides resources to help companies identify hazards and keep the risk of injuries to a minimum. The Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs can help employers implement safety standards for those who are working on power lines or near sources of power. Following these recommendations can help prevent electrocution or electrical fires.
Smaller companies may want to look into using the On-Site Consultation Program. It is free to use and offers qualifying businesses tips and information about how to identify hazards and create safety plans. Companies who participate in the program will not be cited or otherwise penalized for any violations that are found. However, participation in the program may allow employers to stop injuries or deaths that could eventually lead to citations or other penalties in the future.
If a worker is hurt on the job, he or she might be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Employers are generally required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to pay these costs on behalf of their employees. An attorney can help a worker file a claim or learn more about why his or her claim was denied. This may help an injured employee obtain compensation in a timely manner without the need to go to court.