Electrical Safety Awareness
Warmer weather is coming! That means more of us working outside, both on the job and at home.
As we work to complete our projects, it helps to increase our electrical safety awareness so that we don’t end up like thousands of citizens who are injured or killed each year by electrical hazards. Even if we consider ourselves safe workers, we can protect our co-workers and family members from harm by reviewing some simple rules with them.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ranks electrocution sixth among all causes of occupational fatalities. The construction industry alone accounted for approximately 44 percent of those fatalities, according to the National Safety Council.
In the home, large appliances accounted for 34 percent of consumer-related electrocutions, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Gardening, lawn and farming equipment resulted in approximately 7 percent of the consumer-product electrocutions in the CPSC study.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International notes that the following safety rules can reduce electrical deaths and injuries:
For more electrical safety information, visit www.electrical-safety.org and be sure to download the Outdoor Electrical Safety Check in ESFI’s Library.
April 2005 IBEW Journal