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Are you Protecting Workers From Electrical Hazards?

LBLR ARE YOU PROTECTING WORKERS FROM ELECTRICAL HAZARDS? From 2003 to 2010, over Make sure your workers don't become a part of these shocking statistics! 1,600 people died and over 20,000 were injured due to work-related electrical accidents.* Top 3 causes of occupational electrical fatalities*: 1. Contact with overhead power lines 2. Contact with wiring, transformers, or other electrical components 3. Contact with electric current of machine, tool, appliance, or light fixture Exposure to just 50 milliamps of electrical current can cause death. That's about the amount of current that would power a Small radiO. Occupations with the most fatal electrical injuries*: 1. Electricians 2. Construction laborers 3. Electrical power line installers and repairers 4. Tree trimmers and pruners 5. Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers 4 primary types of electrical injuries: 1. Electrocution (death from electric shock) 2. Electric shock 3. Burns 4. Falls (from impact of electric shock) Protect Your Bottom Line, Too! $ LOST PRODUCTIVITY In 2012, nonfatal electrical injuries required a median of 4 days away from work to recover. $ OSHA VIOLATIONS 2 electrical safety standards regularly make the list of top 10 OSHA violations. Average per-violation penalties in fiscal year 2013: $1,061 $1,221 Electrical wiring methods, components, and equipment (29 ČFR 1910.305) Electrical systems design (29 CFR 1910.303) Electrical Safety Essentials Share these tips with employees to keep them safe from electrical hazards-at work and at home. DON'T use extension cords as a substitute for permanent wiring. DO inspect extension cords before use for signs of wear, broken grounding pins, and other hazards, and remove damaged extension cords from service. DON'T touch or work on live exposed electrical parts unless you are qualified to do so and are using proper protective tools and equipment. DO use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIS) or GFCI outlets to protect yourself from electric shock, especially in wet locations. DON overload circuits with more than their rated voltage. DU follow lockout/tagout procedures when performing work on electrical parts and systems. Download BLR's M Electrical Safety Do's and Don'ts Checklist. Free for a limited time! *2003–2010, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled by the Electrical Safety Foundation International ( Sources: Follow us on Twitter: @BLR EHS @SafetyDailyAdv LBLR Disclaimer: The information provided here does not represent legal or any other type of professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney licensed in your state. Copyright © 2014 BLR®-Business and Legal Resources. All rights reserved.

Are you Protecting Workers From Electrical Hazards?

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We created this infographic for Electrical Safety Month (May). We included facts about electrical injuries and tips for keeping your workers safe.




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