Singer Moby was “mildly electrocuted” by a hanging light fixture during a performance in Amsterdam. The 45 yr-old (born Richard Melville Hall) was promoting his new album and photography book both titled “Destroyed”, when he received an electrical shock to the neck from a hanging light bulb. He fainted shortly afterwards and seemed to be unconscious for at least 30 seconds. Afterwards, he still got up and performed. According to Moby on his website:
yes, i was mildly electrocuted during an acoustic show at the reflex gallery in Amsterdam. but i’m feeling a-ok now. maybe i even had some accidental electro shock therapy. thanks for your concern.
Here’s a video of the incident:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the last decade, electrical injury has been responsible for an average of 320 deaths and over 4,000 injuries involving days away from work annually in the United States. It is the second leading cause of fatality in construction industry, and it consistently makes 5 to 6% of all occupational fatalities.
An electrical injury is damage to the skin or internal organs when a person comes into direct contact with an electrical current. The human body conducts electricity very well. That means, electricity passes very easily throughout the body. Direct contact with electrical current can be deadly. While some electrical burns look minor, there still may be serious internal damage, especially to the heart, muscles, or brain.
Symptoms depend on many things, including the type and strength of voltage, how long the contact with the electricity was, how it moved through the body, and the overall health of the victim. Symptoms may include:
1. If you can do so safely, turn off the electrical current. Unplug the cord, remove the fuse from the fuse box, or turn off the circuit breakers. Simply turning off an appliance may NOT stop the flow of electricity. Do NOT attempt to rescue a person near active high-voltage lines.
2. Call your local emergency number, such as 911.
3. If the current can’t be turned off, use a non-conducting object, such as a broom, chair, rug, or rubber doormat to push the person away from the source of the current. Do not use a wet or metal object. If possible, stand on something dry and that doesn’t conduct electricity, such as a rubber mat or folded newspapers.
4. Once the person is away from the source of electricity, check the person’s airway, breathing, and pulse. If either has stopped or seems dangerously slow or shallow, start first aid. (See: CPR)
5. If the person has a burn, remove any clothing that comes off easily, and rinse the burned area in cool running water until the pain subsides. Give first aid for burns.
6. If the person is faint, pale, or shows other signs of shock, lay him or her down, with the head slightly lower than the trunk of the body and the legs elevated, and cover him or her with a warm blanket or a coat.
7. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.
8. Electrical injury is frequently associated with explosions or falls that can cause additional severe injuries. You may not be able to notice all of them. Do not move the person’s head or neck if the spine may be injured.
If you witness someone being electrocuted, stay safe yourself-
For more information about electrical injuries, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on the topic.