April 24, 2012
A recent study has shown that electrocution causes a significant number of on-the-job deaths in the United States. In fact, it’s the fifth leading cause of occupational injury deaths. The accidents have been determined to happen almost exclusively to men, with a large majority occurring in the south as weather begins to warm.
An accident Tuesday left a man hospitalized after he suffered an electric shock in McLennan County, Texas. Channel 25 News reports that the incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Wolf Creek Road, about two miles outside the town of Lorena. Officers with the local police department say that the man was working on top of a shed at a local residence when he accidentally made contact with a live electrical wire dangling from above. Rescue crews were called to the scene, but The Heart of Texas Electrical Company had to shut power to the line off before paramedics could approach the man to load him onto a stretcher.
He has been taken to a local hospital to be examined for further injuries.
Common injuries resulting from an accident such as this include:
- mild to severe burns,
- cardiac and respiratory arrest,
- and cognitive and neurological damage.
The Texas Burn Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers specialize in electrical injuries and say that the most important thing to do if you or someone you know is electrocuted is to seek medical attention immediately by calling 911.