2 Workers Escape Serious Injury After Fall
Construction accidents can happen in many ways. Many of these accidents happen when a worker falls. Sometimes falls happen due to electrical issues.
That was the case with a recent construction accident in Somerset County. Two workers fell 40 feet after power lines arced and caused their wooden lift to fall. The accident happened around noon on August 2 at West Maple and Vosseller avenues in Bound Brook.
The workers were at a building that is currently under construction. It used to be a bar but it is being converted into 40 apartments.
The owner of the building watched the accident take place. He said two workers, who were subcontractors, were harnessed into a makeshift wooden lift so they could deliver materials to the upper floors. However, they were next to an active power line and those lines arced. As a result, the lift fell onto a chain link fence below. The workers fell 40 feet to the ground.
Witnesses heard at least four power surges. One was inside her home when she heard the first power explosion. She says the poles shook and she could feel it from her home. She went outside to see what was going on and saw the power surging. First responders later arrived.
A witness saw two people being put into ambulances. Thankfully, the workers only suffered cuts and bruises.
The arcing lines caused power to be out in the area for a while but it was later restored. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident .
What is Power Line Arcing?
Electrical arcing occurs when electricity jumps from one connection to another. This creates a flash of electricity that can reach temperatures as high as 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
When arcing occurs on power lines, it can affect nearby workers. They can go into shock, suffer cardiac arrest, and die. When arcing occurs in your home, it will cause a fire.
Arcing often occurs in homes, so it’s important to know the signs so you can keep yourself and your family safe. Here’s what to look for:
- Loose plugs. Plugs that are too loose in the outlet can cause electrical arcing, and this spark can cause a fire.
- Non-working outlets. A dead outlet often means that the connection has been broken. This can cause electrical arcing.
- Dimming or flickering lights. When your lights are unstable, this means there’s a loose connection somewhere. It could be from a broken connection or a corroded wire, and chances are there is arcing occurring.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Construction accidents can happen at a moment’s notice, causing serious or even fatal injuries. It is fortunate that nobody was seriously injured in this case.
A Morristown construction accident injury attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can advise you of your legal options after such an accident. We’ll help ensure you get the compensation you deserve for all your damages. Fill out the online form or call (973) 455-1567 to schedule a free consultation with our office.