Electrical burns can cause serious injury, and may result in substantial time off work. If it happens on-the-job, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Echo Park Patch reported recently two workers were seriously injured while working in an electrical vault. An electrical vault is an underground room or chamber, typically made of metal or concrete, that provides access to subterranean electrical conduits. They are in major cities that have underground utilities that are used by workers who need to access the grid. There are also vaults for access to gas and water or sewage pipes in most major cities. While they are supposed to be safe, there are many workplace accidents that occur in these utility vaults.
This particular accident occurred when the workers came in contact with electrical equipment that was charged with current, according to authorities. The current discharged from the equipment into the two workers and caused them to suffer a critical personal injury. Others on the scene immediately called for help and could get them out of the vault. However, they had to be extremely careful, as there was still the possibility of an electrical discharge. This incident caused a partial blackout in the neighborhood surrounding the site of the on-the-job accident. Continue reading