Electrical burn injuries of workers using portable aluminium ladders near overhead power lines

Burns. 1993 Oct;19(5):441-3. doi: 10.1016/0305-4179(93)90072-g.


The use of aluminium ladders around high voltage power lines has resulted in a significant number of electrical injuries and electrocutions. Workers often misjudge wire distances or lose control of fully extended ladders, thereby exposing themselves to electrocution hazard. High-voltage electrical burns of two workers using an aluminium ladder that contacted a high voltage power line are reported. The circumstances surrounding the injury, the clinical management of the case, and the methods of prevention are presented and discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Burns, Electric / etiology
  • Burns, Electric / pathology*
  • Foot Injuries
  • Hand Injuries / etiology
  • Hand Injuries / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tars*


  • Tars