chapter  18
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Electrical Deaths

Electrocution as a cause of death is an infrequent event. However, it is the fifth leading cause of occupational injury in the United States. Approximately 4000 injuries occur annually nationwide, but only 1000-1500 deaths occur (Taylor et al., 2002). The causes of electrical deaths are high-voltage current, lightning, and low-voltage current. Accidental electrocution is the most commonly seen death by electrocution. Suicide by electrocution is rare and homicide is even more uncommon. Alternating current (AC) is more commonly encountered than direct current (DC) because humans are four to six times more sensitive to AC than to DC.