A New Jersey Water Pollution Control worker was seriously injured recently after he was electrically shocked. As reported in The Trentonian, he suffered serious nerve damage to one of his arms and has lost sight in one of his eyes as a result of the electric shock accident.
Electric shock or electrocution injuries can occur in a variety of ways and can result from an employer or worker taking improper safety precautions on worksites, and can also be caused during maintenance work if a worker comes in contact with a live electrical conductor accidentally. Electrocution accidents in Pennsylvania can also happen when workers are on aluminum ladders or poles anywhere near electrical transmission lines.
The most common injuries of electric shock and electrocution accidents are severe burns and death. In addition to burns, other serious injuries may occur, including internal injuries, fractures, dislocations, irregular heartbeats, severe muscle spasms, and cardiac arrest.
In 2009 there were 168 U.S. workers who were fatally injured by contact with an electric current. Thirteen workers in Pennsylvania died and five died in New Jersey after coming in contact with harmful substances or environments.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many guidelines that employers and their employees must follow when working with electricity. If employers do not follow these guidelines, they are endangering the lives of their workers, and anyone else that might be near the worksite.
If you or a close family member has been killed or injured in an electrocution or electric shock accident in PA, the Philadelphia electrocution attorneys at the personal injury law firm of Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP may be able to help you. Call 1-888-684-7192 today for a free consultation.