Call Us (619) 678-1833

Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Chula Vista Office: 3130 Bonita Rd. Suite 104

Oceanside Office: 2424 Vista Way #202

The Sexton Law Firm

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation |Se Habla EspaƱol

Mobile

619-678-1833

Workers' compensation: The severe hazards posed by electricity

Safety authorities recently reminded business owners nationwide, including in California, of the hazards posed by electricity. The National Institute of Safety and Health urged employers to respect electricity and never to start a project before assessing the job site and identifying potential electrical hazards. All employees must receive training in recognizing associated dangers and the appropriate methods for dealing with them.  Furthermore, employees must also be informed of the requirements and procedures for filing a workers' compensation claim in the event of an injury.

Workers may not realize that their bodies use internal electricity to control muscle movements via the nervous system. When an electric shock interferes with natural energy, violent muscle contractions can occur -- so much so that they could fracture bones and even prevent a victim from breathing. If the electrical current travels to the head, the worker can become unconscious, and subsequent falls can cause even more harm. Cardiac arrest can follow a current passing through the body close to the heart.

Another significant electrical threat is posed by an arc flash, which consists of heat and light with enough electrical energy to bring about severe harm. It can cause burning and melting of clothes, and severe burns can destroy skin and underlying tissue that might require skin grafts, and it could even lead to amputations. An arc flash blast can be so intense that it could throw workers great distances, often causing concussions, broken bones and internal injuries. Furthermore, the sound of such a flash is loud enough to cause hearing damage.

These are but some of the hazards posed by electricity, and the number of workers' compensation claims that are filed for electricity-related injuries every year probably added to the urgency for authorities to underscore these hazards again. While the ideal might be to eliminate electrical injuries, victims are entitled to benefits to cover medical expenses, lost income and more -- depending on the type and severity of their injuries. An attorney who is experienced in dealing with California workers' compensation claims is there to provide support and guidance.

Source: ecmag.com, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Electricity", Tom O'Connor, Accessed on April 13, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
10 Best 2016 2 years law firm client satisfaction American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
Email Us For a Response

Contact Us For A Free
Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Sexton Law Firm

Phone: 619-678-1833

Chula Vista Office
3130 Bonita Road Suite 104
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619-678-1833
Map & Directions

Oceanside Office
2424 Vista Way #202
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: 760-919-4394
Oceanside Office Location

review us