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First Aid Fact Sheet

What Should I Do If a Co-Worker Is Shocked or Burned by Electricity?

Shut off the electrical current if the victim is still in contact with the energized circuit. While you do this, have someone else call for help. If you cannot get to the switchgear quickly, pry the victim from the circuit with something that does not conduct electricity such as dry wood. Do not touch the victim yourself if he or she is still in contact with an electrical circuit! You do not want to be a victim, too!

Do not leave the victim unless there is absolutely no other option. You should stay with the victim while emergency medical services (EMS) are contacted. The caller should come back to you afterwards to verify that the call was made. If the victim is not breathing, does not have a heartbeat, or is badly injured, quick response by a team of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics gives the best chance for survival.

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