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Job risks for electricians

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians in South Carolina and throughout the country held over 580,000 jobs during 2012. Of that number, nearly 10 percent were self-employed, and over 60 percent were hired by various electrical-related companies.

While many electricians work in groups for large companies, others work alone and often travel to various work sites. In addition, many electricians have to be willing to commute long distances on a regular basis. The type of work environment of an electrician varies, as well. Sometimes, electricians may find themselves working in tight spaces by themselves or with other co-workers. Their job may also require them to work outside, in residential homes, commercial factories, construction sites and various businesses. Some electricians supervise apprentices during the job.

Electricians face many physical demands. They may be required to stand or kneel for extended periods and are often exposed to loud machinery. Additionally, many electricians work overtime, in foul weather conditions and during weekends and evenings.

There are numerous risks involved in being an electrician, especially compared with other occupations. Electricians can be hurt via electrical shocks, burns and falls. Thus, it is important that electricians wear safety gear such as protective glasses, hard hats and shoes. It is rare that electricians die from their workplace injuries, according to the report.

Whether an employee's injury came about accidentally or not, he or she has a right to file a workers' compensation claim. To assist with the injured employee's losses, the benefits of the coverage typically include payments for damages and medical expenses. If the employee's injuries were substantial, causing the employee to undergo retraining, the benefits will most likely cover those costs as well. Because workers' compensations laws are complex, a local attorney might be able to aid injured employees with filing a claim, especially if the employer denies these benefits.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Electricians", Jan. 8, 2014

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