Electrical Accident Leaves Chicago Worker with Serious Burns
About the Electrical Accident
According to ABC 7, the construction worker suffered serious burns after coming in contact with and electrical panel inside a River North high-rise in Chicago on Thursday.
The man was working in the 345 North Canal building when the accident occurred, which temporarily left the building powerless and slowed down Metro train traffic nearby. The victim was then rushed to Stroger Hospital.
Officials are investigating the incident.
Electric Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- From 1992 through 1996, the initial five years of the CFOI program, there were an average of 327 fatal electrical injuries each year.
- From 2009 through 2013, the number had fallen to an average of 161 fatal electrical injuries per year, a 51% decrease between the initial and latest reporting periods.
- From 2009 through 2013, the Hispanic share of electrical fatalities doubled, to 22%, of the total (175 of 803 fatalities).
- The vast majority of electrical fatalities took place in the construction industry, with a total of 923 fatalities.
- The second highest share of electrical fatalities by industry was in professional and business services, with 258 fatalities.
- The trade, transportation, and utilities industry recorded the third highest electrical fatality total, with 210 fatalities.