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Utility workers or power line workers are one of the most essential workers in our country. They keep the electricity flowing. Without electricity, our communities and society would shut down and many people would be harmed and injured. Even though the job is extremely important, being a utility worker is one of the most dangerous jobs there is in the United States. Given the nature of the position and the fact that utility workers work with huge amounts of electricity every day, accidents can be deadly.
There are different types of environments that utility workers have to perform their jobs in. Because of their importance, they are not stopped by rain, snow, ice, wind, daytime, and in the middle of the night. Power line workers may have to work hundreds of feet in the air or in dark and dank tunnels. Given their potential job sites and conditions, there are many ways that utility workers can suffer on the job injuries. Here are some examples of the dangers that they face:
The above work-related injury risks are unique to power line workers, but they are still subject to the risks of common work injuries such as back injuries caused by heavy lifting or other types of physical injuries.
One of the many ways to prevent utility worker injuries is to use personal protection equipment (PPE) whenever appropriate and whenever possible. PPE can be many types of specifically designed clothing and gear for the utility industry. It can change depending on the type of job and environment being worked on. Many of the PPE gear and clothing is required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Here are some examples of PPE that utility workers use:
When PPE is not used or not used properly, power line workers can suffer serious work-related injuries. Employers are also obligated to properly train new and current utility workers to use the PPE properly.
Many injured workers do not believe that they need to be represented by a lawyer: this is a mistake. You never know if your employer or their workers’ comp insurance company is paying you the right workers’ comp benefits. You have unpaid medical bills that you keep getting at home despite the fact that it is for treatment that is work related. You also may be receiving your weekly wage checks late or not at all. Also, sometimes your checks are different amounts with no explanation.
By speaking to an experienced Delaware workers’ comp attorney, you will at least have the peace of mind that they are treating you correctly and that your rights are being protected. Even if there is nothing that the lawyer has to do immediately, there may come a time that you will need them to fight the insurance company.
If you are a utility worker and have suffered a serious work-related injury, you will need to be represented by a knowledgeable and skilled workers comp attorney. Our experienced Delaware workers’ comp lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow have decades of experience in helping injured workers. Call us today at 302-427-9500 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. With offices in all three counties of Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state.