Those who work on water docks have more than just forklift crush injuries, heavy-lifting injuries and slip-and-fall injuries to worry about. They have to take precautions to minimize their risk of drowning after an electric shock as well.

Workers are particularly vulnerable to being electrocuted if a marina’s or water vessel’s faulty wiring makes contact with metal from either a boat prop or dock frame while underwater. An electrical field is generated below the surface of the water when this occurs. How intense it is depends on the amount of current that is released into the water.

Any dockworker who works around or in the water while it’s energized by the electrical current risks drowning from an electrical shock. The human body is a particularly good conductor of energy. When an individual comes in contact with the water, they serve as a great bridge for carrying the electrical energy to the ground.

Those who work at freshwater marinas are significantly more vulnerable to suffering an electric shock drowning than their saltwater-working counterparts. The reason this is the case is because freshwater is 70 times less apt to resist the leakage of an electric current than saltwater is.

Injuries that a dockworker or swimmer may suffer if they make contact with energized waters vary depending on how close they are to the electric field when they do so. A minor injury may include temporary tingling or numbness in the limbs. On the more serious side, an individual may experience loss of muscle control or ventricular fibrillation. The later may result in death.

While many will experience only temporary setbacks related to them being shocked by an electric circuit, those who are seriously injured may be left with long-term paralysis, neuropathy or damage to their vital organs. Those who do may require lifelong medical care, have a diminished earning capacity or need vocational retraining, all of which attorney John W. Merting can help you secure.