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Protecting Workers from Arc Flash Accident Injuries

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 23-Jun-2015

Arc flash accidents are an electrical phenomenon that occurs when an electrical current leaves its designated path and travels to another conductor or ground through the air. If a worker is directly hit by an arc flash or in close proximity to one, the result is usually severe injury or death.

How Are Arc Flashes Caused?

Many things from human error to faulty wire installations can cause an arc flash.

Below are some common causes of arc flashes:

  • Human error
  • Dropping a tool
  • Faulty installation
  • Corrosion
  • Material failure
  • Accidental touching
  • Corrosion
  • Dust

What Occurs Doing An Arc Flash?

Arc flashes are unpredictable can result in a number of different effects.

Here are some common results of an arc flash:

  • Fire
  • Burns
  • Heat
  • Flying objects
  • Sound blast (often as loud as a gun)
  • Blast pressure (up to 2,000 pounds per square foot)

What Can Be Done to Protect Workers from Arc Flash Injuries?

The best way to protect workers from arc flash injuries is to provide them with proper training regarding the dangers of arc flash accidents and how to work on electrical circuits safely.

There are also additional things that employers can do to protect workers from arc flash injuries, including:

  • De-energize circuits while they are being worked on
  • Use insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with barricades
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Provide workers with protective equipment
  • Place warning labels on all equipment that poses an arc flash hazard

What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Arc Flash Accident?

If you have been injured in an arc flash accident, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention to treat your injuries. You will also want to consult with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible. Under the law, you are afforded certain legal rights and protections if you are injured at work. An injury lawyer can review the facts of your case and help you determine your legal options.

Arnold & Itkin has represented injured workers all across the country. Our firm has won over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements in the last 5 years for our clients. Contact our injury lawyers today to learn what we can do for you.

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