According to ESFI, 136 fatal electrical injuries occurred in 2017 (the most recent data available), with the utility and construction industries having the highest number of fatal injuries. While that was less than the previous year’s number, overall workplace electrical injuries increased by 35 percent during the same period.
The top Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) electrical violations included:
- failure to properly lock out/tag out equipment from release of hazardous energy (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147) (NFPA 70E 120.1), and
- failure to use personal protective and life-saving equipment, specifically eye, face and head protection (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.102) (NFPA 70E 130.7(C)(3)).
Goal: Go Home at the End of the Day
The role of safety procedures is to help ensure that workers can go home to their families at the end of every workday. For electrical workers that means getting the proper training, using the right tools and personal protective equipment, correctly assessing the job, following the correct procedures and taking the proper precautions—even stopping a job if something doesn’t seem right.
For risk managers, supervisors and others, it means creating a safe working environment for electrical and nonelectrical workers. ESFI offers a free online Electrical Safety Self-Assessment to help companies evaluate their electrical safety program effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.
Eliminating risk is always the best insurance. Ask your local Hylant risk management expert about steps you can take to make your workplace safer.
The above information does not constitute advice. Always contact your insurance broker or trusted adviser for insurance-related questions.