An American Electric Power worker touched a live power line at a construction site about 30 miles east of Columbus, sending him into cardiac arrest yesterday. The 34-year-old Frazeysburg man was flown to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center afterwards, but his medical condition last night was not released.
The jolt estimated at 19,000 volts set fire to the employee’s work truck and to a utility pole. It also knocked out electricity to more than 400 nearby homes and businesses, including Heath’s Indian Mound Mall.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the work accident. OSHA says on its website that the damage electricity does to a person depends on the amount of current traveling through a body, the length of time the person is part of a circuit, as well as the current’s frequency.
It also notes that for currents from 50 to 150 milliamperes, a person will experience “extreme pain” along with “severe muscular contractions.” OSHA notes tersely that “death is possible.” At 10,000 milliamperes and above, severe burns take place, as well as cardiac arrest. “Death probable.”
Let’s hope for the best for the electrical worker injured. His recovery is only possible with prompt, quality health care. After a construction site injury, that care is typically paid for Ohio workers’ compensation benefits. Injured workers can also expect to receive partial replacement of their wages while they recuperate.
A Columbus workers’ comp attorney helps employees fight for denied benefits that can help restore your health and help protect your finances.