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Studies indicate 1,000 people a year are killed in the U.S. by electrocution. “Most of these deaths are related to on-the-job injuries.” (1)
Electricity exposure in the home is even more concerning since it frequently affects children. For children under the age of 12, one study found “household appliance electrical cords and extension cords caused more than 63% of injuries… Wall outlets were responsible for 15% of injuries.” (2)
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a nonprofit safety advocacy group, 54% of electrical fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Additionally, 2018 electrical fatalities increased by 18% over 2017. (3)
“Contact with/Exposure to electric current accounted for 3% of all fatalities in 2018,” according to ESFI. (4)
However, electric shock and electrocution accidents happen at home or in non-work related activities. It is important to know what causes these accidents.
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The highest number of deaths associated with electrical accidents occurs among workers performing job related activities.
When electrical shock or electrocution accidents occur on a job site, employers may be held accountable for violations of any Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to the accident.
Manufacturers can be liable for faulty or defective parts and equipment. Even coworkers may be held accountable for actions putting themselves or others at risk.
What leads to these occupational electrical accidents can vary.
Occupational electrocutions are frequently the result of exposure to electrical sources, or coming in contact with power lines.
A report on worker electrocutions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “The specific hazards involved in these electrocutions include internal wiring in farm buildings, buried electrical cables, and overhead powerlines.” (8)
Many workers have been electrocuted when they came into contact with vehicles or equipment that are also in contact with an energized power source. Boomed vehicles can be extremely dangerous.
Contact with energized sources may result in a variety of serious injuries.
Electrical shock injuries are complex. Recovery from serious electrical shock injuries can take weeks, months, or even years. Treatment can be expensive, and some damage may be permanent.
The first step to take when someone is suffering an electrical shock is to separate the victim from the electrical contact point, or turn off the electrical flow without touching the victim.
Seek immediate medical attention, in an emergency room, for any of these symptoms. An emergency room visit helps document injuries should you decide to pursue legal action later.
If you have sustained serious electric shock injuries requiring extensive and lengthy treatment in New York, contact an attorney as soon as you are able.
An attorney can help you handle insurance claims, guide you through the legal process, and help secure compensation for you and your family from the person, company, or product responsible for your injuries.
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