05 Estimated cost of Electrical Injuries
Cost to the community and individual:
• Victims of electrical events are often young and in their highest earning potential years of life.
• High voltage electrical trauma produces devastating physical injuries: repeated debridements, amputations and extensive rehabilitation are common (8).
• Most victims of high voltage shock are left permanently disabled (8).
• All of these factors represent a high cost to community, family and the individual involved.
Estimated cost of electrical injuries:
• Over the last ten years roughly 4000 electrical injuries per year have required day away from work (9).
• Quantifying the economic impact of non-fatal electrical injuries is difficult.
• Cost estimates published in one paper between 1986 and 1992 suggest that the cost to U.S. employers was between $500,000 and 189 million each day (10).
• Another study estimated cost to employers of 15.75 million per case in direct and indirect costs (8).
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