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DOE Electrical Safety Statistics Nov 2010

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DOE November 2010 Electrical Safety Occurrences

The number of electrical safety events for November decreased from seventeen in October to eleven.  There were two electrical shocks this month and both involved non-electrical workers.  The first event occurred when a worker touched the energized prongs of a power cord plug that was connected to a power switching strip.  The power strip was designed to receive electrical power from two sources.  The second event occurred when a worker touched defective heat tracing while installing insulation underneath a trailer.  This event is similar to an event last month in which a worker felt a shock after brushing up against heat tracing while loading material into a tank.  It is important that workers are aware of any heat tracing that might be present in their work area.  Because heat tracing is typically external to the components that it heats, it can be susceptible to damage, resulting in a potential electrical safety hazard.  Unlike last month’s increase in excavation related events, November saw a decrease in all areas involving electrical intrusions.  Another positive sign for this month is that the number of events involving lockout/tagout (LOTO) and job planning has continued to remain lower than in previous months.  Many LOTO events occur because the paperwork is not signed or properly executed before the work is authorized.  Procedure compliance needs to be emphasized.  It is also important that job planners recognize when a LOTO is required in order to work safely and incorporated into the work control documents.

The following table shows a breakdown of the electrical safety events for November.

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