Electrical flashovers, also known as arc flashes, are responsible for hundreds of serious burn injuries in the electrical industry every year and usually occur during live working. Live working is defined as ‘work on or near conductors that are accessible and live or charged’ and should only be carried out if absolutely necessary. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 provides regulations and conditions of work that must be followed – suitable precautions should be taken and personal protective equipment (PPE) provided. Work on or near a live conductor should be avoided wherever possible, but if you have been working on a live conductor and suffered flashover injuries, contact Accident Advice Helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice. We’ve been helping people claim compensation for flashover injuries and other workplace injuries since 2000, so to get the compensation you deserve, get in touch.
What are flashover injuries?
Electrical flashovers are capable of producing extremely high temperatures of up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s four times as hot as the surface of the sun. These high temperatures can cause severe burns to the skin as well as:
- Internal burns to the lungs or throat caused by inhalation of hot air or vaporised metal
- Blindness from UV light
- Ignition of clothing leading to serious burns
The heat and light from a flashover can radiate for several metres, which could cause injuries to others working nearby. We know that the aftermath of this type of accident can affect you both physically and psychologically, and we’re here to help. If your quality of life has been affected after suffering severe disfiguring burns or if you have experienced vision problems after a flashover accidents, get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to claim compensation.
How much compensation could you receive?
The amount of personal injury compensation you’ll receive will take into account the extent of your injuries, pain and suffering as well as any financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries – for example, loss of earnings due to time off work. You could find out how much compensation you could receive by taking the 30-second test on our website, right now, or call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We specialise in personal injury claims and have helped hundreds of people claim compensation for flashover injuries – you could be next. Our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you have nothing to lose by calling us today.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown