Preventing Common Electrical Injuries on the Jobsite

Construction workers repairing power lines

Employers and workers must be diligent and have full buy-in with their company’s electrical safety program.

February 3, 2020
Kelsey Rzepecki - Construction Executive

Despite the overall decrease in electrical workplace fatalities, construction workers remain the most at risk of death from electrical accidents. In 2016, 53% of all fatal electrical injuries were in the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employers can improve their bottom line by implementing prevention strategies to reduce chances of electrical injuries and create a safer, more efficient jobsite.

What Are the Most Common Electrical Injuries in Construction?

The three types of electrical injuries that occur the most often on construction jobsites are:

  1. electrocution (such as electric shock and burns) through unintentional contact with high-voltage lines or equipment;
  2. severe burns or death from explosive gases accidentally ignited by electrical equipment; and
  3. injuries from falls or from contact with moving equipment after worker experiences a low-voltage electrical shock and can no longer keep balance or physical control of the tools or equipment they have when shocked.

Reprinted courtesy of Kelsey Rzepecki, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

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