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Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths each year among the U.S. workforce, not to mention members of the general public who are exposed to power line hazards. And the highest fatality rate among those deaths is contact with overhead power lines.
Although it’s inherently difficult, family members of people who have been tragically killed often want to understand what happened, so they can make sense of such an abrupt, painful loss. Here we’re providing information about how death from electrocution occurs.
To start, the electrical current enters the body at the point of contact with the power source, usually a hand or the head, and it travels through the body until it exits at the nearest point of ground, generally taking the most direct route. A person can be electrocuted either by direct contact with the power line, or indirectly, by touching something the power line contacts.
It’s important to understand the extreme electrical voltage from power lines. Typically, it’s between 4,800 volts and 13,200 volts. For comparison, the voltage used in the electric chair for death penalty situations was between 5,000 and 200 volts.
If the current pathway travels through the heart, mechanisms of death from electric injury include: