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Electrical Workplace Safety

According to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH publication 98-131 "Worker Deaths by Electrocution"), a total of 5,348 workers were electrocuted from 1980 to 1992. The victims ranged from electricians to factory workers
to fast-food employees. The report concludes that "Electrical hazards represent a serious, widespread occupational danger… Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the
danger of electrocution."


Examples of Workplace Electrical Hazards

Power Lines

Damaged Receptacles

Broken Light Bulbs

Exposed Conductors

Improper Grounding

Extension Cords

NIOSH recommends the following to reduce the hazard of occupational electrocutions:

  • Implement a comprehensive safety program
  • Ensure compliance with OSHA, NEC, NESC, and other safety regulations & codes
  • Provide all workers with adequate training in the identification and control of electrical hazards
  • Provide specialized training to those workers who have direct contact with electrical systems
  • Conduct regular safety inspections
  • Actively encourage all workers to participate in workplace safety

OSHA requires training for all workers who may be exposed to electrical hazards, and additional training for anyone who works on or near exposed energized parts. Employers will be fined for non-compliance!

B. MILLER ENGINEERING can provide training seminars and workshops, safety surveys, code compliance reviews, and assistance implementing your electrical safety program. The training is flexible and can be tailored for your specific industry and needs.

Contact us for more information about all of our electrical engineering services.


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