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NC Reports 4 Fatal Electrical Work Accidents

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

North Carolina – The number of fatal work accidents in North Carolina increased from 34 to 48 in 2010, according to a preliminary report from the state’s Department of Labor.

The leading causes of death were being struck by objects, which resulted in 16 fatalities, and falls, which led to 15 deaths. Four were electrocuted.

The year-end total of 48 is below the state’s five-year average of 53.2

The state’s injury and illness rate is currently at an all time low for private industry. It has declined from 5.3 per 100 fulltime workers in 2000 to 3.1 in 2009.

Fatalities in the manufacturing sector declined from eight to six in 2010. Construction deaths increased by one to 15.

Mecklenburg County experienced the most fatalities with seven. Eight other counties had two fatalities: Beaufort, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford, Nash, Pitt and Rowan.

Story via NewsObserver.com

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DOE Electrical Safety Statistics Nov 2010

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Visit the DOE Electrical Safety Blog for more data and information from the DOE on Electrical Safety

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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Electrical Accident in Workplace Kills a Worker every 28 Hours

October 21, 2010 4 comments

It’s been facebooked, tweeted, youtubed, linked in and wikipediaed. And yet, despite its global name recognition, an electrical accident in the workplace kills a worker every 28 hours. According to an IEEE study involving more than 120,000 workers, arc flash was the culprit in more than 75% of those accidents.

Electrical accidents represent a statistically small percentage of work-related incidents, often occurring even in facilities that have passed formal inspections within recent months, but they’re disproportionately fatal. In a seven-year study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,576 U.S. workers died and another 32,807 sustained lost-time injuries, losing an average of 13 days away from work, because of electrical shock or burn injuries.

The Internet is brimming with safety information about arc flash: 364,000 hits on Google, 11.2 million hits on usa.gov and even 445 chilling videos on YouTube. So, why are U.S. workers still getting killed on an almost-daily basis?

Story via PlantServices.com