Are you doing all you can to prevent electrical injuries?

Did you know that 82 worker fatalities in U.S. private industries were caused by electrocution in 2016? (1) It’s important for your clients to be aware of the potential electrical hazards in their work environments. The four main types of electrical injuries are: electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls caused as a result of contact with electrical energy. (2) Some of the most common causes of electrical injuries include contact with power lines, lack of ground-fault protection and misuse of equipment. (3)

OSHA’s electrical standards are designed to help protect your clients and their employees from the dangers of electrical hazards. Here are some examples of practices to help reduce risk of injury associated with electrical work:

  • Insulation use
  • Guarding
  • Grounding
  • Use of electrical protective devices
  • General safe work practices

Click here to learn more about OSHA electrical standards and training.

Sources:

  1. https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/electrical/default.html
  3. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/hazards.html
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