Outdoor billboards and exterior signs are used to help people see advertising for local products and services. A company will put up an outdoor billboard and exterior sign to showcase their company and how it can benefit the public. But people who put up and service outdoor billboard and exterior signs can become injured, maimed or even fall off the sign. In spite of this, many workers will take the job of putting up and maintaining outdoor billboard and exterior signs.
If you are injured working on or putting up an outdoor billboard and exterior sign, you need to give us a call today at the DTLA Law Group right now. We can help you to get the money you need for a full recovery compensation package, that will help you to pay for your medical bills and other losses related to this accident.
Exterior Signs and Why They Are Dangerous
Working with exterior signs can be dangerous, and it is not a job that can be taken lightly. A person or technician working to install an outdoor billboard has to clear many different hazards, just to get the job done right. The hazards that are definitely part of the job working on installing, maintaining and deconstructing outdoor billboards include:
- Wire hazards in the area
- Improperly installed safety nets
- Weak links in the safety net panels
- Unsecured mess crossings
- Holes in the roofing structure
- Unsecured anchorages
- Improperly managed body harnesses
- Improper connectors and harness components (D-rings, connection points)
- Lack of horizontal lifelines
- Unsupervised horizontal lifelines
- Improper self-retracing lanyards
- Tangled ropes and straps
- Improper warning line systems
- No notice of mechanical equipment in the way of the installation of the billboard
- Improper use of stanchions and rigging
- No minimum tensile strength of at least 500 pounds on the rope, chains or wire used for safety at the jobsite
- Controlled access work zone
- Protection of edges of workspace on the building where outdoor billboard is being installed
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It Is Easy to Be Electrocuted on an Outdoor/Billboard
Working around electrical lines when putting up and installing an outdoor sign or billboard can be dangerous work. There is a real risk of electrocution anytime that a worker is preparing to install and installing an outdoor sign or billboard for a company. Live wires are dangerous, and there can be serious injuries that will result in getting too close to these wires, such as:
- Heart problems
- Cardiac arrest
- Loss of consciousness
- Falling off a ladder or platform
- Traumatic brain injury
- Thermal injury
- Alternate mental status
- Compromised airways
- Respiratory distress
- Loss of motor function
- Bleeding internally
- Traumas and burns
- Splash injury hit by lightning
- Electrical burns
- Blunt traumas to the body
In order that a worker can safely install an outdoor sign or billboard, that individual needs to have every safety protocol in place, to prevent an electrocution. If there are live wires in the area of installing the outdoor sign or billboard and the worker comes into contact with these wires, there can be permanent injuries that will result from this case.
Do Outdoor Billboard Workers Get Hit by Lightning?
Yes, people working outside in any capacity can be hit by lightning during a storm. Individuals who are hit by lightning strikes from being high up on a building installing an outdoor sign or billboard, can suffer serious injuries as well. A lightning strike can affect an outdoor sign or billboard worker by injuring the individual with a:
Burn Injuries from an Outdoor/Billboard Sign
- Direct strike (usually a fatal lightning strike)
- Splash injury (lightning strikes another object first, then the individual)
- Contact injury (person touching a tree or object that was hit by lightning)
- Step voltage or ground current injury (lightning hits the ground and spreads out)
- Blunt trauma (thrown to ground after being hit by lightning forces)
Injuries that typically result from being electrocuted can be traced back to electrical hazards and electrical shocks installing an outdoor billboard sign. When a person has a low-voltage shock, it is often from contact with an electrical current. But the high-voltage shocks often create an arc, and it goes into the victim’s bod without direct contact with the electrical wire, in most cases.
The electric arching is also called an arc flash, and it can happen when an electrical current goes into the air between two conductive surfaces or into the ground. Reasons for an arc flash occurring can include issues with the conducting surfaces, such as dirt or condensation or other problems with the electronics at a job site. Many people don’t know, but an electric arc can raise temperatures as high as 35,000 degrees, and can cause serious personal injuries. These injuries can include:
- Hearing loss
- Lung damage
- Blast injuries
- Skin burns
- Hearing loss
- Severe types of burns
In the event that you are injured when working on repairing, installing or maintaining an outdoor billboard, you can feel free to give us a call today to discuss your case. Just call us at the DTLA Law Group right now!
What Can I Do After Being Hurt Working on an Outdoor/Billboard Sign?
If you are hurt and sustain personal injuries from working as an outdoor and billboard sign worker, you can discuss your case with a lawyer with experience in personal injury claims. Just call us today to be connected with an attorney with expertise in winning cases for personal injuries.
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Can I Sue If I Am Injured as an Outdoor Billboard Worker?
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