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Monday, April 23, 2007
NIOSH Publications on Electrical Safety & Electrocutions
NIOSH Electrical Safety Publications
"Electrical current exposes workers to a serious, widespread occupational hazard; practically all members of the workforce are exposed to electrical energy during the performance of their daily duties, and electrocutions occur to workers in various job categories. Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution."
"Electrical injuries consist of four main types: electrocution (fatal), electric shock, burns, and falls caused as a result of contact with electrical energy."
The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) makes a variety of electrical safety publications available for downloading from their web site. These include:Electrical Safety: Safety and Health for Electrical Trades
-- Student ManualWorker Deaths by Electrocution: A Summary of Surveillance Findings and Investigative Case ReportsNIOSH Alert: Request for Preventing Worker Deaths from Uncontrolled Release of Electrical, Mechanical, and Other Types of Hazardous Energy
-- This Alert describes five fatal incidents in which workers contacted uncontrolled hazardous energy during installation, maintenance, service, or repair work. To prevent such deaths, the recommendations in this Alert should be followed by every employer, manager, supervisor, and worker who installs, maintains, services, or repairs machines, equipment, processes, or systems.NIOSH Alert:
Request for Assistance in Preventing Electrocutions of Crane Operators and Crew Members Working Near Overhead Power Lines (Available in English and Spanish) -- This Alert describes five cases (six electrocutions) that resulted from the hazards of operating cranes near overhead power lines and makes recommendations for preventing similar incidents. The Alert updates a previous NIOSH Alert published in July 1985 [NIOSH 1985].
Plus there are about a dozen other NIOSH electrical safety publications available on this web page
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