When you go to work, you expect to come home later in the day and be able to put your feet up. Nobody wants to head out for a day at work in fear of injury. Sadly, work accidents are much more common than you may think. From slips, trips and falls to getting an electric shock, there are all kinds of injuries you can sustain at work. If you’ve been injured at work, and you weren’t at fault, you may wish to think about giving Accident Advice Helpline a call and finding out more about claiming compensation.
Top 3 ways of getting an electric shock
You may assume that electricians and engineers are the only people subjected to a risk of electrical injuries at work, but you’d be wrong. Almost every kind of workplace carries a risk of this type of injury. Electrical injuries may not be the most common type of work injury, but you should be wary of the risks your workplace and your day to day job carry. Here are the top 3 ways of getting an electric shock:
- Contact with exposed wiring
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Exposure to electrical currents following failure to de-energise an appliance or system correctly
Electrical injuries can range from mild to severe. The severity will often depend on the voltage. Low voltage shocks don’t tend to result in life-threatening complications, but high voltage shocks and electrocution can be fatal.
Treating electrical injuries
If somebody you work with has sustained electrical injuries, take great care when approaching them. It is possible to sustain a secondary shock if a power line has fallen, for example, so keep your distance and call 999 for help. Symptoms you may notice include electrical burns and loss of consciousness. Additional injuries may be sustained in the event that a person falls as a result of the accident.
If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. If you sustained electrical injuries as a result of using faulty appliances provided by the company you work for, for example, you have a right to claim compensation as you were not liable for the accident. If you’ve taken time off work or your earnings have decreased, work accident compensation could help to tide you over.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice