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  National Electrical Safety Month: CPSC Alerts Consumers To Electrocution Hazards From Overhead Power Lines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
During this same timeframe, CPSC is aware of nearly 150 electrocution deaths due to ladders coming into contact with an electrical line.
Overall, CPSC estimates there are about 200 consumer product-related electrocution deaths each year, which is down from about 600 deaths per year in the 1970s.
Be aware that you can be electrocuted by touching a power line directly or by touching a conductive material (such as a metal ladder, antenna, pipe, kite) and, at the same time, the earth or any grounded item (such as metal siding or a downspout).
www.cpsc.gov /cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02151.html   (560 words)

  Electric chair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brown was an employee of Thomas Edison's, hired for the purpose of researching electrocution and for the development of the electric chair.
Trying to address such concerns, Nebraska's new electrocution protocol calls for administration of a 15-second-long jolt of 2,450 volts of electricity; after a 15-minute wait, a coroner then checks for signs of life (previously, an initial eight-second jolt of 2,450 volts was administered, followed by a one-second pause, then a 22-second jolt at 480 volts.
Nebraska retains electrocution as its sole method of execution despite strong anti-death penalty opposition in its state legislature; death penalty abolitionists in the state hope to see electrocution ruled as cruel and unusual punishment, leaving the state without a legal way of administering the death penalty if lethal injection is not legalized.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Electric_chair   (1985 words)

 Historic Bills to Stop Electrocution of Fur Farm Animals Gain Support
Electrocution is often used to kill farm raised fur-bearing animals since it is inexpensive and does not damage the pelt.
The AVMA considers electrocution appropriate only as a stunning method to be used prior to another method of euthanasia, not as a one-step killing method as it is commonly used on fur farms.
When animals are electrocuted through their anus or genitals, which is typical on fur farms, the electricity does not go through and stun the brain; the animals must remain awake and feel the full excruciating force of a massive heart attack.
www.hsus.org /press_and_publications/press_releases/historic_bills_to_stop_electrocution_of_fur_farm_animals_gain_support.html   (564 words)

 The Shocking Truth About Electrocution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The rejection of electrocution as a humane form of punishment is reflected in a national legislative trend repealing the use of the electric chair.
The rejection of electrocution accelerated at the dawn of the modern death penalty era when in 1977 Oklahoma became the first state in the union to authorize lethal injection -- nearly every state, save the six that retain electrocution as its sole means of execution, have adopted lethal injection as a means of execution.
[N. 71.] The electrocution provision was adopted in 1913, and the perception was that it was outmoded.
capitaldefenseweekly.com /chair.htm   (8765 words)

 The electric chair
Lynda Lyon Block was electrocuted in Alabama's electric chair, "The Yellow Momma" on May 10th 2002 for the murder of a policeman in Opelika on October 4th 1993.
There is some debate about what the electrocuted prisoner experiences before he dies, many doctors believe that he feels himself being burned to death and suffocating, since the shock causes respiratory paralysis as well as cardiac arrest.
Electrocution was challenged through the Florida courts, by death row inmate Leo Jones as a "cruel and unusual" punishment, something which is banned under the American constitution.
www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk /chair.html   (2968 words)

 Avian Collision and Electrocution: An Annotated Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Electrocution is noted as a significant cause of eagle mortality in the western U.S. and of the cape vulture (Gyps coprothers) in southern Africa.
Electrocution was shown to be one of the main causes of imperial eagle mortality.
Electrocution is the primary known cause of death for the endangered Spanish imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti).
www.energy.ca.gov /reports/avian_bibliography.html   (18071 words)

Electrocution remains a major cause of deaths in construction.
The auger struck a live underground line, electrocuting a worker who was standing on the ground and touching the machine.
A piece of trim shifted as it was lifted, struck a line, and one worker was electrocuted.
www.csao.org /uploadfiles/magazine/vol11no1/shock.htm   (1284 words)

 Electrocution Thresholds for Humans - Bass Associates Inc.
Electrocution or electrical shock occurs when an electric current I passes through the body.
Electrocution may or may not leave physical evidence of the injury.
Electrocutions occurring at 110 VAC seldom cause skin damage unless the point of contact is small or the victim has delicate skin.
www.bassengineering.com /E_Effect.htm   (633 words)

 Georgia Court Blocks Electric Chair Use
The long-awaited decision was a victory for lawyers who three months ago used the graphic photograph of a recently electrocuted prisoner to support their arguments that the electric chair is inhumane.
Electrocution was the sole means of execution in Georgia from 1924 until last year, when the state Legislature ordered lethal injection for all persons convicted of crimes committed after May 1, 2000.
The law left electrocution on the books for those convicted of crimes before that date but stipulated a switch to lethal injection if the courts outlawed electrocution.
www.commondreams.org /headlines01/1005-03.htm   (750 words)

 Methods of Execution - Monitor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Florida adopted electrocution as its sole method of execution in 1923, replacing the previous method of hanging.
Electrocution and lethal gas were intended to replace hanging.
As previously stated, the electrocution apparatus is activated by pressing a button on a console.
www.fcc.state.fl.us /fcc/reports/monitor/methmon.html   (8652 words)

 Electrocution at Logan brings $54,000 fine - The Boston Globe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Federal workplace safety officials said yesterday that they have fined a contractor $54,000 for eight serious violations, accusing the company of failing to properly train and protect a worker who was electrocuted at Logan International Airport.
An investigation found that the electrocution could have been prevented if federal safety guidelines had been followed, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.
The death was the second electrocution of a Logan worker in less than a year.
www.boston.com /news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/10/04/electrocution_at_logan_brings_54000_fine   (534 words)

 Execution Methods Report: Methods By State   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Lethal injection is followed by electrocution at 34.01%; gas chamber at 2.28%; firing squad at 0.51%; and hanging at 0.76%.
It is interesting to note that from 1977 to 1990 electrocution was the most prevalent method at 59.44% followed by lethal injection at 35.66%; but from 1991 to 1997 lethal injection leads at 77.69% followed by electrocution at 19.52%.
The state had previously used electrocution, but had not performed an execution since 1963 and were afraid of equipment failure because of the age of the equipment and problems experienced in the past.
www.fcc.state.fl.us /fcc/reports/methods/emstates.html   (6064 words)

 electrocution burn injuries - Attorney Robert Brenner - electrical accident
The number of American workers electrocuted on the job and experiencing fatal work-related injuries continues to rise.
A person may survive an electrocution if his or her heart can be started again.
However, when the patient is an infant who naturally puts all the objects into the mouth, such a switch should be placed out of reach, and it should be certain that the cap is not loose.
www.attorneyrobertbrenner.com /legal_cause_electrocution.htm   (1035 words)

 Electrocution Investigation - John M. Bass P.E.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Most electrocutions and electrical injuries are caused by either code violations, a defective product or human error and are preventable.
Electrocution in the industrial environment can involve much higher voltages and is often accompanied with an explosion or fire.
Investigation and reconstruction of the accident should be done as soon as possible even though it can be done successfully on very old cases if adequate photos and other information was collected at the time of the accident.
www.bassengineering.com /electroc.htm   (232 words)

 Methods of Execution
Nebraska is the only state that provides for electrocution as the sole method of execution.
Witness accounts of many botched executions over the years have caused electrocution to be replaced with lethal injection as the most common method of execution.
9 other states provide for electrocution as an alternative method, depending upon the choice of the inmate, the date of the execution or sentence, or the possibility of the method being held unconstitutional.
www.clarkprosecutor.org /html/death/methods.htm   (2707 words)

 Avoiding electrocution
You may smash a fingernail with a fan, you may cut yourself on your cheap pressed-metal case, you may destroy components in any of a number of amusing ways, but that's about the end of it.
Unless your PSU has a horrible electrical fault or you've plugged it into a badly miswired outlet, electrocution is not on the agenda.
If you burn your skin off or stab through it - which can happen, in higher-than-mains electrocution cases and other mishaps, including certain naval incidents - then the resistance across the whole body under the skin is only about 500 ohms; even less, if you stab deep enough.
www.dansdata.com /gz013.htm   (1202 words)

 Electrocution Attorneys - New York - Bonina & Bonina, P.C.:The Job Law Team
Electrocution risks at constructions sites include: defective equipment, such as frayed cords, missing ground prongs, or cracked tool casing on electrical equipment.
Electrocution can also occur as a result of a failure to provide ground fault protection or ground fault circuit interrupters.
Ground fault circuit interrupters are required by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) because of the questionable integrity of the ground fault path through temporary wiring, and because of the frequent presence of wetness due to working on damp earth, wet concrete and other damp or wet surfaces.
www.joblaw1.com /electrocution.asp   (432 words)

 Raptor Electrocution/Collision Workshops
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the problem of raptor electrocution and bird collisions in the state of Arizona.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss raptor electrocution prevention policies and measures, bird collisions, and nest removal policies and permits for cooperatives in Colorado.
The purpose of the workshop was to evaluate the state of the science with regards to bird collisions, causes and prevention measures of bird electrocutions, impacts of bird activities on power delivery, methods to assess the extent of avian interactions/mitigation effectiveness and to identify research priorities for electric utilities.
www.usda.gov /rus/electric/engineering/2000/raptor_elec.htm   (918 words)

 Youth in Agriculture - Electrocution
Electrocution is quick and deadly and is one of the most overlooked hazards of farm work.
The most common cause of electrocutions are portable grain augers, oversized wagons, large combines, and other tall equipment that come into contact with overhead power lines.
Every year 62 farm workers are electrocuted in the United States.
www.osha.gov /SLTC/youth/agriculture/electrocution.html   (925 words)

The intent is to impart a high voltage, low current shock that for the most part stays on the surface of the body rather than flowing though its internals.
Most electric fences are designed to interrupt the flow when they are touched thereby decreasing the likelihood of electrocution.
Why humans get electrocuted primarily is because an external electrical current flowing through the body disrupts the electrical polarity of the nerve and muscle cells of the heart, ruining the heart's triggering mechanism.
www.newton.dep.anl.gov /askasci/phy00/phy00632.htm   (776 words)

 electrocution distribution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Electrocution Distribution is a zine and small press mailorder distribution service.
Electrocution Distribution was taking up a whole room and spilling out further before I left Australia and I’m afraid that that is a luxury that I can simply no longer afford in my far smaller confines here and now.
Electrocution Zine Solutions will include a full catalogue of zines from around the world and will list full ordering details, similar to those which have appeared on the Electrocution Distribution catalogue, but with the addition of postal, email and URL contacts.
www.tbns.net /electrocution/index   (401 words)

 Technorati Tag: electrocution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Electrocution Injury Lawyer Have you or a loved one been injured in an electrocution accident?
Find Electrocution Information At attorneyrobertbrenner.com, you will find medical and legal information regarding burns and burn-related injuries.
Electrocution - Attorney Help For legal help for a victim of electrocution contact remedylaw.com.
www.technorati.com /tag/electrocution   (488 words)

 Burn and Electrocution Victim Attorneys in Texas
When these companies and individuals shirk their responsibilities and people are injured as a result, the law states that the negligent party is legally liable for the injuries sustained by the burn or electrocution victim.
Since electricity courses throughout the whole body, not just on the surface of the skin, electrocution burns are often more severe than they appear to a casual glance.
If you are a burn or electrocution victim, the attorneys at the Texas offices of Carabin and Shaw will work to secure compensation for your injuries from those responsible for the accident.
www.carabinandshaw.com /injury_pages/burn-electrocution.html   (800 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Electrocution
If someone is being electrocuted, there is usually a low 'humming' sound and the lights will dim.
You should try to turn off the electricity source, but if you can't then grab a towel, hook it round them and try to pull them away from the source of their pain.
If someone you don't love is being electrocuted, then you will face what mankind calls a Moral Decision.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A165629   (228 words)

 Electrical Shock
Electrocution occurs when a small, specific amount of electrical current flows through the heart for 1 to 3 seconds.
In part, this is the reason all countertop receptacles are now required to be GFCI protected.
DC is less likely to cause electrocution, but sometimes still does.
www.codecheck.com /ecution.htm   (1174 words)

 Signs Point to Metal Plate in East Village Electrocution
Consolidated Edison officials said yesterday that they had found exposed wiring and an apparent short circuit beneath a metal plate on an East Village street where the authorities said a woman was electrocuted on Friday while walking her dogs.
Lane had been electrocuted, the medical examiner's office said that a formal determination of what caused her death could not be made until after an autopsy was conducted today.
In 1999, a carriage horse was electrocuted when it stepped on a Con Ed service box cover on East 59th Street near Park Avenue.
www.nytimes.com /2004/01/18/nyregion/18SHOC.html?ex=1389762000&en=c8650fbe6cf85b84&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND   (764 words)

 Pool Owners Warned of Electrocution Risk
Electrocution dangers lurk in swimming pools and hot tubs.
May 23, 2003 -- As pool season officially begins this weekend at public and private swimming pools across the country, federal safety officials are warning of hidden danger often overlooked by pool owners -- electrocution.
Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers for pool equipment and lights are located and how to turn them off in an emergency.
www.webmd.com /content/article/65/72722.htm   (716 words)

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