Types of electrical injury

Electrical injuries can happen either at work or at home, and the injuries are dependent on the voltage present. Electrical injuries can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal in some cases, so it is important to take precautions when working with electrical equipment to avoid a possible accident at work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state the main types of electrical injury as:

Electric shock

The contact of the human body with any source of electricity that causes a current to run through the body. Smaller currents may not be noticeable, but larger currents can cause serious injury such as muscle spasms, the heart to stop beating properly, and prevention of breathing. Electrocution is death caused by an electric shock. The injury incurred depends on the voltage of electricity, the length of time the current flows, and the part of the body involved.

Thermal burns

Overloaded or faulty electrical equipment can become very hot, resulting in people getting thermal burns if they get too close or touch the equipment. In atmospheres which are counted as explosive, such as in areas where mists, gases and aerosols are present, a single low voltage torch can generate a spark powerful enough to cause an explosion.

Electrical burns

Usually associated with higher voltage levels, burns occur when an electrical current passes through the body. Electrical burns are different from chemical or thermal burns as they can severely damage tissue under the skin, as opposed to just damaging cells on the surface.

Loss of muscle control

After an electric shock, muscle spasms can occur. This could result in an accident, especially if a person is working on high up machinery and loses muscle control, resulting in a fall.

Have you been affected by an accident at work?

If you have suffered from an electrical injury caused by a work accident then Accident Advice Helpline could help you.

With thirteen years’ experience gaining personal injury compensation after accidents in the workplace we can help you gain the compensation you deserve.

To qualify for a claim you must have had an electrical injury accident within the last three years that was not your fault. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our highly trained staff members, and receive information and advice about claiming compensation after your work-related injury.

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