What Happens to Your Body During an Electric Shock?

Electric shocks can vary hugely in their severity, from feeling very little to instant death. Of course, this also means the effects on the body can be wildly different, where a small shock will do no harm whatsoever, and a larger shock can have profound effects such as muscular contractions, which can lead to paralysis, spasms and unconsciousness.

Another common form of electrical injury are burns, which occur when an electrical current enters then leaves the body.

When an electrical current enters the body, it is trying to find its way back to the earth. However on its way, it passes through muscles, which contract until the current is broken. A current higher than 10mA can restrict you from being able to break this connection, such as if you were to grip onto an live cable, you would not be able to release your hand to let go which may be fatal. Direct shocks occur when a live wire is touched, whereas indirect contact occurs when a part isn’t live but, due to a fault, it can cause this part to become live and give an electric shock.

The prevention of electrical shocks is paramount for any electrician as, when working within energetically charged environments on a daily basis, it can be easy to become complacent and forget about the dangers.

Here at Boddingtons Electrical, we believe in creating the best quality and most efficient tools to keep our customers safe when working around electricity. All of our tools are rigorously tested to the most up-to-date regulation and are tailor-made to fit the needs of electricians and those who require the tools on a daily basis. We also ensure they are durable so they can be used time and time again. If you’d like to find out more about our tools or electrical safety equipment, take a look at our online store or alternatively get in touch with a member of the Boddingtons team!