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Electrical Protection

Electrical Safety 101

Every day electrical work is done on jobsites. From running electricity through walls, outlets, breaker boxes, extension cords, and even with the power tools we use we are surrounded by electricity. But do we stop and consider the hazards involved with working closely with electricity?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 212 workers died in 2007 due to electrocution on the job, and on average 7,600 workers are injured by electricity each year. Carelessness with electricity leads to injury, death and many times costly and time consuming fires. Review the electricity guidelines; they may save a life!

Electrical Protection

For more information on electrical safety please check out the CDC’s Electrical Safety Manual. It can be downloaded for free and covers many of these areas extensively. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2002-123/pdfs/02-123.pdf [1].

Using the guidelines above can help keep your volunteers and employees from needlessly suffering an injury from coming into contact with electricity. Take charge, and make sure your volunteers and employees understand, and practice, these electrical safety tips.