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Proper Safety Measures MUST Be Taken When Working With/Near Electricity

Electrical accidents are the cause of 5-10% of traumatic work deaths, ranking fourth behind falls and punctures for workplace-related mortalities. 

(from kten.com)

A worker was airlifted to OU Medical Center in serious condition after being shocked by a power line in downtown Durant on Monday.

The Durant Fire Department said the worker was on a hydraulic lift that got too close to live wires that run behind City Hall. The worker was shocked when his shoulder touched one of them.

The Durant battalion chief credited OG&E for its quick response to get the power turned off so they could get the truck away from the lines.

Workplace electrical shocks can result in a variety of severe injuries. Most commonly, these are heart injuries (including cardiac arrest), tissue degeneration, and severe burns.

The sensation of electrical shock and severity of injury differ depending on the voltage, duration, and point of entry. Some of the worst onsite shocks are not felt at all.

If a workplace electrical injury has caused you to be unable to function at work, call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485, we are well-versed in this field, and will be happy to answer your questions. We will fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve.

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