Fatal burns due to arcing current

Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Kumar, Ashwini and Vijay, Vimal and Nayak, Vinod C and Kumar, Pradeep G and Palimar, Vikram (2014) Fatal burns due to arcing current. The Journal of Karnataka Medico-Legal Society, 23 (1). pp. 33-35.

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Electrical injuries are potentially devastating lesions with high morbidity and mortality, which can be prevented by using simple safety measures. These injuries can occur in various ways like direct contact with electrical source, arcing of electricity to a victim at ground potential, flash burns and flame burns. They may be associated with low-voltage and high voltage circuits. The severity of the injury mainly depends on the amount of current flow, voltage, and resistance of the body. In high voltage electrocution the current can jump through the air when the body approaches the electric source, closing the circuit, which is known as “arcing”. In present case, the deceased sustained accidental burn injuries from an arcing generated around electric post due to breakage of insulation. The case was charged under 337 and 304 (A) IPC against the State Electricity Board. An attempt is made to discuss about electrocution, arcing injuries and related legal issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrical injuries; arcing; high voltage current; electrocution.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 09:42
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 09:42
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139904

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