Shock: Electric’s Deadliest Act – The State of Electrical Shock Safety
June 30, 2020
Shocks Are the Deadliest Electrical Hazard, but Survey Finds Few Efforts are Taken to Keep Workers Safe
Littelfuse surveyed almost 600 workers about their knowledge, experience with and attitude toward electrical shock safety. In the report, connections were drawn between the respondents’ answers pertaining to their knowledge, their experience and their companies’ safety measures against electrical shock, such as:
- – The correlation between workers’ experience of being electrically shocked while on the job and their self-rated confidence in their ability to recognize an electrical shock hazard
- – Whether being provided safety training makes a difference in a workers’ knowledge of how much voltage is safe to work on or near
- – How many workers who believe a dangerous level of voltage is safe to work on or near use electrical gloves provided by their facility that fail to comply with electrical protective equipment safety standards
This report also provides an in-depth discussion of:
- – The prevalence of electrical shock fatalities and the misconception that electrical shock fatalities are steadily declining;
- – Variables that impact the severity of an electrical shock injury, and the long-term injuries of the body;
- – Conditions where shock protection is not required by the NEC but contain shock hazards that jeopardize workers’ safety; and
- – Safety by design and special-purpose GFCIs (SPGFCIs).
For more information, read the report HERE.