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Claiming for Injury due to Electricity

Contact with electricity can result in serious personal injury, in certain cases it can cause death, severe burns and even disabling injuries. There are numerous agricultural electric hazards which can include poorly maintained handheld equipment or electrical faults on equipment and machinery, any of which can have fatal consequences. As agricultural machinery is getting larger, it also increases the chances of a farming equipment accident, incidents such as contact with electricity can cause lifechanging consequences for both the employers and the victims.

If you have suffered from an accident due to contact with electricity which was not your fault, then you can make your claim today, consult our experienced solicitors by calling us on 0800 0747 644 or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back.

Employer liability for workplace electric shock accidents:

Employers should be aware of the possible risks within the workplace, and provide the necessary training and supervision of employees to avoid the risk of any accidents.

Employers should also ensure safe work practices through regular inspections of equipment, availability of personal protective equipment and appropriate maintenance of electric appliances and installations. If an employer fails in their duty, then they can be held responsible of any subsequent injuries.

The Health and Safety Act 1974 enforces a duty of care on employers to deliver a safe working environment for employees. There are several regulations which define the measures and practices which employers must comply with.

These Regulations include:

  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992: This requires employers to ensure that the protective equipment is used, is suitable for their role, and is maintained in good working order. The regulations require that employees receive appropriate instruction on how to use equipment provided.
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1998: This provides employers procedures on training employees when working with electricity. The regulation also specifies the best practice measures for performing risk assessments involving any electrical equipment, tools or machinery.
  • The Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999: This regulation requires that employers have to carry out risk assessments of all workplace equipment, machinery and environments.

The claimant must be able to prove that their injury was caused by the employer’s breach of their duty of care towards its employees.

Electrocution can cause:

There are four main types of electrical injury:

  • Electric shock: Electric shocks can cause a wide range of injuries such as affecting the breathing, skin burns, muscle spasms can also occur during shocks that can be strong enough to break bones. Shocks can also lead to the victim being thrown backwards. This can be particularly dangerous if the person is working at height, leading to falls from height injuries.
  • Thermal burns: Electrical equipment can get very hot if it is faulty or if it is being used incorrectly, and can cause burns if it comes into contact with the skin.
  • Electrical burns: Are more common with high voltage occurrences, but are caused by internal tissues overheating as the current flows through the body.
  • Loss of muscle control: Occasionally the electric current can cause muscle spasms which can be strong enough to result in broken bones.

Other injuries include:

  • Amputation/loss of limb.
  • Brain injury/traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Death.
  • Cardiac arrest.
  • Dislocation injuries.
  • Mummification (fingers).
  • Paraplegia/quadriplegia/tetraplegia.
  • Scarring.
  • Spinal injury.
  • Tissue necrosis.

Making a compensation claim:

If the negligence of your employer has caused you or a loved one an accident due to agricultural hazards, causing injury or death, then you may be able to claim compensation. If you have a claim then you can also claim any out of pocket expenses, medical expenses or loss of earnings as a consequence of the accident.

If you have suffered from a farm equipment accident which was not your fault, then make your claim today. Consult one of our experienced solicitors by calling us on 0800 0747 644 or by completing our online enquiry form to request a call back.