A North St. Louis employee of a local manufacturing plant dies of injuries following electrocution. Police report that the employee of St. Louis Cold Drawn, Inc., died of what appears to be an electrocution injury. The worker was discovered next to an electrical box around 4:15 p.m., on May 14, 2013. He was reportedly lying on the ground unconscious when he was discovered. Upon transportation and arrival to the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead.
Electrocution related injuries are devastating. Electrocution related dangers include:
- Burns: Shocks of high-voltage electricity often leads to internal burns from the intense energy. The energy heats the tissue and can be fatal if it travels throughthe heart or other internal organs.
- Ventricular Fibrillation: Low voltage energy which reaches the heart or chest can cause fibrillation. Fibrillation’s are usually lethal because they cause the heart to contract and prevent movement.
- Neurological Effects: Electrical shock can interfere with the nervous systems and result in loss of consciousness or death.
- Arc Flash: According to OSHA, a arch flash is a phenomenon where electric current leaves its intended path and jumps through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground. An Arch flash is a common occurrence at work. Work environments must adhere to electrical safety standards set forth in the NFPA-70E’s – Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Common causes of Arch Flashes included
- Dropping tools
- Material Failure
- Improper Installation
Employees dealing with electricity should ensure their employer abides by the proper safety measures set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information and commonly asked questions from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, visit their publication “Controlling Electrical Hazards“.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed from an electrocution injury, contact St. Louis personal injury lawyer Chris Dixon to discuss your legal rights. Electrocution injuries which occur at work may involve a worker’s compensation case, general negligence case, premises liability case, and/or a products liability lawsuit. It is important that the circumstances of the incident are investigated immediately following the incident before evidence is lost or destroyed.
St. Louis electrocution lawyer Chris Dixon has recovered over $34,000,000 in judgments, verdicts, and settlements for injury victims. He is available to discuss your rights by calling 314-409-7060, or Toll-Free at 855-40-2724. There is no cost to discuss your case and we are not paid unless we are successful handling your claim.
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