Missouri Workman’s Comp: Electrical Injuries
The “Fatal Four” Construction Injuries
More than half of annual construction worker deaths are caused by falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, or being caught in or in between objects. While falls are by far the most deadly injury in construction work (34.6%), electrocution deaths and injuries are not a statistic to be ignored.
Non-fatal electrical injuries affect more than 30,000 people every year—half of these injuries are construction-related. Fatal electrical injuries account for 8.1% of all construction worker deaths.
Electricians Are Not the Only Ones at Risk
By the nature of the job, electricians are at a high risk for electrical shock. However, other tradespeople who may not work directly with electricity are likely to be working near electrical wiring. For instance, plumbers, roofers, and landscapers must be knowledgeable about the hazards of electric shock.
Electrical accidents can be caused by a number of reasons. The most common causes are faulty machinery, drilling into power lines, exposed wiring, and water leaks. Suffering an electric shock injury can be deadly.
Helping a Victim of Electric Shock
If you plan to help someone who has been injured by a high voltage shock, be careful not to become a second victim. The safest route is to call 911—they will notify the electric company to shut off the line. Do not move the victim unless it is completely necessary.
An electrocution could cause serious neck injury if the shock caused multiple jerks. If you must move the victim, first ensure that you protect the neck. You must always consider the possibility that an electric shock victim has suffered a spine injury.
The victim may not appear to be injured at all. Externally, there may be burns at the point of contact, the majority of external injuries will likely be a result of the jerking.
While the extent of external injuries varies, electrical shock can lead to cardiovascular issues, respiratory problems, organ damage, and neurological damage.
It may take months before these symptoms manifest, so it is always important to consult with a doctor following a high voltage shock.
Contacting a St. Louis Worker’s Compensation Attorney
Workplace electrocution accidents can result from the negligence of product manufacturers, general contractors, coworkers, or property owners.
If you suffered an electrical shock injury at your workplace, order Josh Myers’s FREE Missouri Work Comp Book, or call us at Schultz & Myers for a FREE consultation. Our knowledgeable workman’s comp lawyers are always willing to answer questions that you may have about accessing your workers’ compensation benefits.