Making a claim for industrial injury electrocutions is actually not as complicated as it would seem. In fact, all you have to do is make one phone call – to Accident Advice Helpline on their 24-hour hotline. The Accident Advice Helpline team of advisers is highly-trained to assist you in making a claim for industrial injury electrocutions. Injuries from electrical appliances and supplies are different to other types of injuries and can cause very serious or even fatal outcomes.
As a result, a whole array of rules and regulations have been introduced to reduce the risks of industrial electrocutions in the workplace. A summary of the most frequently asked questions relating to electrocutions in the workplace and on what injuries are involved in making a claim for industrial injury electrocutions are highlighted here.
Making a claim for industrial injury electrocutions – FAQs
What exactly is an electric shock?
An electric shock is when a voltage of 50 volts or above is applied between two parts of the body. A current can flow through all of the tissues of the body and this can cause damage. We have all suffered electric shocks from static electricity, for example, when we have walked across a carpet made of synthetic fibres. Here, static electrical shock can be as high as 10,000 volts but it acts for such a short period of time that it does not cause an injury. Of course, static electricity has been known to cause fire and explosions and these are certainly harmful to humans!
What injuries does an electric shock cause?
An electric shock can cause very serious injuries. These include:
- Stopping the heart beating properly
- Stopping breathing
- Muscle spasms
Some electric shocks are fatal because the heart cannot be started again. But can electricity cause other injuries? Yes, other electrical injuries including:
- Electrical burns – electrical current heats up human tissue as it passes through the body, as a result burns can occur very deep down in the body and surgery may be required. The damage can be permanent.
- Loss of muscle control – the muscle spasms that occur during an electric shock can be so strong that they actually break the victim’s bones or dislocate joints. The muscle spasm often leaves the victim unable to get away from the electrical supply and so the shock goes on for longer. If they are up a ladder or on a high working platform they can fall from it and not be able to save themselves because they cannot move.
- Thermal burns – electrical equipment generates heat. Faulty, overloaded or shorted electrical equipment can get very hot indeed. This is enough to cause burns and even explosions if they get shorted out. If there are explosive vapours in the area the implications can be extremely serious.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Industrial injury claim