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Dangers of Electrical Work Go Beyond Electrocution

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Dangers of Electrical Work Go Beyond ElectrocutionElectricians are at greater risk of injury than many other professions because of the nature of their work. An accident with live electricity can cause severe injuries or even death. However, an electrical shock is not the most common workplace injury for electricians, and people in other professions can also be at risk of electricity-based injuries. Whether you are an electrician or work in another field, you will likely need workers’ compensation benefits to pay for your recovery after a workplace injury involving electricity.

Risks for Electricians

An electrician’s work is dangerous, and accidents can occur even when professionals are being cautious. Electricians are most likely to suffer an injury from:

  1. Falls: Electricians often work on wiring in high places, requiring them to use ladders or lay on high perches. They may lose their balance and fall while concentrating on precise and dangerous electrical work.
  2. Electric Shock: Coming into contact live electricity can result in an immediate electric shock. A severe shock can cause burns, limb paralysis, or death.
  3. Flash Burns: An electrical explosion creates extreme heat that burns anyone close to it and shoots off small pieces of metal shrapnel that can damage people’s skin and eyes.
  4. Chemical Inhalation: An electrician may be exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos when working in older buildings or construction sites.
  5. Repetitive Stress: The physical requirements of electrical work can gradually wear out someone’s body. Electricians regularly bend themselves in awkward positions and do intensive manual labor, which puts stress on their joints and hands.

Falls are the most common source of work injuries for electricians, and repetitive stress will likely develop into chronic pain for someone who stays with the career. However, electric shocks and explosions have the greatest potential to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Other Professions at Risk

There were 154 electrical fatalities and 1,640 electrical injuries at U.S. workplaces in 2016, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. The workers counted in the statistics were not strictly defined as electricians. More than half of the electrical fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Other industries accounted for included utilities, mining, manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.

Contact a Crystal Lake Workers’ Compensation Attorney

You should seek immediate medical attention if you suffer any electrical injuries while at work. You may not realize the full extent of the damage to your body, and a medical professional can document your injuries for the purpose of a benefits claim. A McHenry County workers’ compensation attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. To schedule a free consultation, call 815-338-3838.

Source:

https://www.esfi.org/workplace-injury-and-fatality-statistics

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