Electrocution accidents have far reaching consequences
- AuthorKate Sweeney
It was reported via the Health and Safety Executive recently that a Yorkshire man was fatally electrocuted whilst harvesting crops on farmland in Wiltshire.
Mr Pybus was driving a combine harvester in a field which had 11,000 volt power lines overhead. He encountered a problem with the grain discharge spout and so left it extended. When he stopped the machine to clear it of stones and soil, Mr Pybus didn’t realise it was in contact with one of the power lines and as he stepped onto the ground, he suffered a 6,300 volt electric shock.
On investigation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the farm managers responsible for the worker’s death as they had not provided adequate health and safety training and had failed to carry out sufficient risk assessments.
According to the HSE, over the period of 2009-2010, there were 792 reported incidents linked to power supplies.
Power supply injuries not limited to burns
Electrocutions are often responsible for very serious or fatal injuries. Burns are common, and accounted for almost 3,000 work related incidents in 2009/2010.
But power related accidents aren’t just limited to burns. Exposure to electricity can cause the victim to lose control of their muscles which can go into extremely strong spasms, causing dislocated joints and broken bones. Victims are often thrown by the shock which brings its own dangers, especially if there is dangerous machinery in the vicinity.
Making a claim for an electrocution accident at work
Where an employer is found to be negligent, such as in the case of Mr Pybus’ employer, compensation can be awarded. Families of fatally injured loved ones can pursue a claim for their losses. Those who survive but suffer serious injuries will be likely to need ongoing care and rehabilitation and if it is the case they are unable to return to work, an award for long term financial losses can be sought.
Due to the nature of the injuries sustained after an electrocution accident, which can be complex and multiple, it is important to engage a specialist injury claims lawyer who has specific experience in handling these cases, is knowledgeable on the subject and has strong links with evidence-providing medical professionals who can put together an accurate long term prognosis so that a realistic compensation award is achieved.
Stephensons’ personal injury claim lawyers have specialist experience in pursuing accident at work claims of all types. If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution injury, or any other type of accident at work, talk to us in confidence by calling 01616 966 229.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney