Workplace Fatalities and Injuries 2003 – 2019

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) uses the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII) to distill information specifically pertaining to fatal and nonfatal occupational electrical injuries. Each year the ESFI publishes electrical injury information in tabular and graphical form on our website. The […]

Workplace Safety – Limits of Approach – Always Look Up

It’s no surprise that a construction job site can be an incredibly dangerous workplace. With so many safety protocols and procedures to follow, it can seem overwhelming. But the truth is, most accidents involving electricity, are caused by non-electrical workers inadvertently contacting power lines.  Voltage Limited Approach Boundary < 50 V 10 ft (3 m) […]

Workplace Safety – Know When to Say When – Know When to Stop Work

While qualified electrical line workers and electricians are often willing to go above and beyond the call, some jobs require specific knowledge and experience. That’s why it’s important to stop and reassess a situation if there is ever a doubt about a job’s task or a procedure’s requirement. As qualified electrical workers, it is our […]

Workplace Safety – The Importance of Qualified Electrical Workers

Electricity is vital to every building, whether residential, industrial, or commercial. It’s what helps run our businesses and our society as a whole. The importance of electricity cannot be underestimated, in the same way that its danger cannot be taken for granted. Contact with electricity is a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities, but […]

Workplace Safety – Know When to Say When

While qualified electrical line workers and electricians are often willing to go above and beyond the call, some jobs require specific knowledge and experience. That’s why it’s important to stop and reassess a situation if there is ever doubt about a job’s task or a procedure’s requirement. If a new issue arises on the job, […]

Workplace Safety – Always Look Up

A dump truck driver was transporting dirt. The driver raised the bed less than half a foot away from a 12,500-volt overhead power line causing electricity to jump to the truck bed. When the driver stepped out of the cab and touched the ground, the dump truck had become energized and part of the electrical […]

Test Before You Touch

Every year, thousands of workers are injured or killed by circuits they thought were safely turned off. Simply shutting off the power is not enough. Hazardous conditions can still exist. Make sure to always TEST BEFORE YOU TOUCH. How to Test Before You Touch Ensure all participants are qualified for the job Identify potential hazards […]

Lockout / Tagout : Your Life Depends On It

According to OSHA, following proper Lockout / Tagout procedures prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Learn how to Lockout / Tagout and avoid unnecessary risk. Notify all employees about the required lockout Shut down equipment using normal stopping procedure Locate and isolate equipment from all energy sources Release any stored energy […]