According to WBRZ, a major roadway in West Baton Rouge was shut down as law enforcement responded to an apparent work accident involving power lines the morning of Tuesday, July 17.

LA 415 was closed near I-10 around 11:20 a.m. after sheriff’s deputies and paramedics arrived on the scene. Sources told WBRZ that a crew was removing a large sign along the roadway when it collapsed, sending one of the two workers to the ground below. The second person was reportedly left hanging from a nearby power line.
The worker who fell does not appear to have suffered any major injuries, sources said. Crews were able to retrieve the other worker with the help of a bucket truck. One of the workers was taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries, and the other appeared to be OK.

How are electrical injuries different from other injuries?

Electrical injuries, although relatively uncommon, can be severe and life changing. Adult electrical injuries usually occur in occupational settings, while children are most likely to be injured in the household. The spectrum of electrical injuries can range from minimal injury to death.

The most common form of injuries from electrocution are electrocution burns. Electrocution burns are much different from burns caused by heat or fire. Electrical burns often appear as skin discoloration, and the most damage is typically done to the internal nerve and muscle tissue beneath the skin. Electrical burns can be classified as 1st degree, 2nd degree, or 3rd degree burns depending on the depth of the burn. Severe cases can take months to recover from, and in some cases full recovery is impossible.

Other injuries that can result from electrocution include cardiac arrest, nerve damage, and fractures from falling. Electrocution injuries can be deceiving because most of damage usually occurs beneath the skin.
Electrical injuries are unique, and should be evaluated by a qualified medical professional to determine the extent of the injury. Always take the proper precautions around sources of active electricity and educate your family about the potential dangers of electrical outlets in your home. Recovery and rehabilitation from electrocution can take a financial and emotional tool on victims and their families.