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OSHA raises awareness of hazards facing electrical workers

Electricians, engineers and anyone else in New Jersey who performs electrical operations should be aware of the hazards of the industry. OSHA is endeavoring to raise awareness of these hazards, particularly in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

OSHA focused its inspection work in these three states from January 2015 to September 2018 after receiving reports of 15 electrical workers being hospitalized and two having a limb amputated. In addition, six wiring installation and electrical contractors were killed in that region between October 2012 and September 2018.

Working on overhead lines and circuit assemblies can all put workers at risk for injuries. Besides electrocutions, fires, explosions and falls all comprise the risks that these workers face. Thus, employers are encouraged to identify and mitigate hazards using OSHA resources like the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Program.

Small- and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the On-Site Consultation Program. Free of charge and completely confidential, the program allows employers to identify hazards, find ways to improve training and establish a safety and health program. Participating in the program does not result in any way in citations or penalties.

Employers who comply with OSHA guidelines may, nonetheless, have to face a claim under workers' compensation law. Not all accidents can be prevented. In fact, some incidents will occur because of worker negligence. When this is the case, employers have the ability to deny workers' comp benefits.

Victims, for their part, may want a lawyer to evaluate the case before moving forward. An attorney may assist with the filing and help mount an appeal when faced with a denial of benefits. Workers' comp benefits can cover medical expenses and even short- or long-term disability leave. Only a certain percentage of lost wages will be covered.

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