Electrocution occurs in the workplace when an employee is exposed to high voltage electricity, which can sometimes lead to serious injury and death. In the mining industry, electrocution is too common, which is why workers are to take preventative measures with the help of their employers to stay safe in these inherently dangerous workplaces. Many of the electrocution injuries that you find in the workplace include internal organ damage, cardiac arrest, brain damage, and memory loss. Workers may also experience long-term injuries, including damage to the peripheral nerves, delayed spinal cord injuries, or psychiatric issues.
In one scenario involving mining and electrocution, a tractor trailer came in contact with an overhead ground wire after dumping a load of gravel. Though no injuries occurred, it could have been a deadly electrocution based on the circumstances. Unfortunately, when one of these accidents occurs, there are usually various types of injuries. Because of this, accident victims may suffer on both a financial and emotional level. If you have been injured in the mining workplace, you may be able to recover damages through the workers’ compensation system. If an accident occurs due to a negligent person who is unrelated to the employer, you may have a third party suit. Some of these damages typically include medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more.
Prevention of Mining Electrocution
- Ensure that power lines are de-energized before operating around them.
- Always be aware of the location of overhead power lines.
- If you are in a tractor trailer and come into contact with power lines, stay in the vehicle and have the power company shut off the power.
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By remembering these safety facts, you can help prevent a serious accident that could cost your life or the life of another. Your employer must always speak to you about these matters to ensure your safety in the mining workplace. If you have been injured in the workplace, call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi.