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Workplace accident: Electrocution causes 10 percent of fatalities

Each year large numbers of workers nationwide, including in New York, suffer electrical shocks or burns caused by electrical currents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 141 reported deaths from electricity exposure in 2013 increased to 156 in 2014. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says approximately 10 percent of all workplace accident deaths are electrocutions.

When a worker comes into direct contact with exposed circuit parts or energized conductors, the current will travel through his or her body and interfere with the body's electrical signals that are sent between the muscles and the brain. It can cause interference with the person's heartbeat, muscle spasms and the ability to breathe. Electricity can also enter an individual's body if an electrical arc travels through the air to an object that is grounded, and the body of the worker may be the closest object to serve that purpose.

Materials can be ignited by heat generating electrical arcs or exposed electrical currents. Such fires can cause severe thermal burns. Another potential danger related to arc flashes is the pressure wave it can release. In addition to causing serious injuries, these waves create extreme noises that can damage the hearing of workers. OSHA notes that these injuries and deaths can be avoided by taking specified precautions.

Employers must provide proper employee training to ensure workers are informed about the potential hazards and the safety regulations. Site evaluations and proper assessment of potentially dangerous situations can further help to protect workers. New York families who have had to cope with the electrocution of a loved one in a workplace accident may have the additional burden of unexpected financial consequences. To help grieving families deal with day-to-day living expenses, along with the high costs of funerals and burials, the New York workers' compensation program typically provides these benefit to covered dependents.

Source: ohsonline.com, "Understand the Dangers of Electrical Shock", Fred Elliot, Dec. 1, 2015

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