Posted On: August 20, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Electrocution Accident Claims the Life of Worker Who Was Installing Wiring

A worker who was installing a new air compressor wiring died yesterday when he was electrocuted. A subcontractor who worked for the DC metro hired the man. This is not the first electrical accident to cause injury to a worker in the last couple of months.

Last week, a worker sustained burn injuries while working on power lines. The work accident happened while the worker was in a bucket truck and he received an electrical shock.

Also last week, a worker employed by an electrical subcontractor was shocked while working on electrical systems at a construction site. He was shocked unconscious.

In July, two National Guardsmen suffered electrical shock injuries at a Tennessee county fair. According to witnesses, a man was using a control box to elevate a climbing wall, which was part of the National Guard recruiting station, when the control box fell on top of him. Another man who tried to help suffered electrical shock injuries, as did a second person who rushed to help. The two men were transported by air to a hospital.

Our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm knows that it can be hard to regroup after getting injured in an Illinois work accident. It is important that you file your work injury claim with your employer as soon as possible.

Electrical Shock
A person can suffer from shock after coming into contact with an electrical source. If the electrical energy enters the person’s body, he or she could suffer from electrical shock. Burns is the most common kind of electric shock injury. A person might also sustain a spinal cord injury, internal injuries, pain in the foot or hand, broken bones, and electrical mouth burn.

While in some cases, it is obvious that someone has sustained an electrical shock injury, some signs indicating that a person may be suffering from electrical shock include:

• Burns to the skin
• Tingling
• Numbness
• Hearing problems
• Paralysis
• Speech problems
• Unconsciousness

Electrical Worker Killed at Bus Garage, The Washington Post, August 19, 2009

Nixa employee injured in electrical accident, city administrator says, News-Leader, August 12, 2009

Nixa Lineman Shocked, KSPR, August 12, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Electric Shock, EmedicineHealth

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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