The Future of Workplace Safety

  ESFI and Wesco’s article, The Future of Workplace Safety, was recently published on EC&M’s website. Read the article here. The Future of Workplace Safety How technology can improve the safety of workers on job sites Shawn Gregg, Brett Brenner Rapid technological advancements are improving the functionality of our lives. But are workplaces advancing to keep […]

Importance of Qualified Workers – Video Short

Working with electricity is extremely dangerous, so it’s important to always hire qualified electrical workers for those jobs. At the workplace or job site, 69% of all electrical fatalities involved non-electrical workers. Overhead power lines, unexpected contact with electricity, working on energized parts, ground faults, and damaged wiring accounted for 92% of electrical fatalities. Avoid […]

Lockout / Tagout – Video Short

According to OSHA following proper lockout / tagout procedures can prevent an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries every year. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to properly lockout / tagout and avoid unnecessary risk. Start by notifying all employees about the required lockout. Shut down equipment using the normal stopping procedure. Locate […]

Overhead Power Line Safety – Video Short

Overhead power lines cause 46% of electrically related deaths in the workplace. To avoid danger, always look up and be aware of overhead power lines. Always assume that lines are live and dangerous. Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from any lines. Never touch anything that is in contact with power […]

Test Before You Touch – Video Short

Accidental contact with energized equipment causes 45% of all electrically related deaths in the workplace. Make sure you always test for voltage before you perform any work. Test the area around the equipment you’re working on. Be sure to perform a site and risk assessment before doing any work, and when it’s possible, turn off […]

Workplace Safety: Avoid Common Electrical Hazards

Contact with or exposure to electricity is one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities. Follow these tips to avoid electrical injury: Overhead Power Line Contact 46% of all electrical fatalities are caused by contact with overhead power lines 57% of overhead power line fatalities were in non-electrical occupations Always assume all lines are live […]

Electrical Fatalities in the Workplace: 2011 – 2021

Contact with or exposure to electricity continues to be one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries in the United States. Between 2011 and 2021, there was a total of 1,201 workplace fatalities involving electricity reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and 1,653 electrical fatalities reported by the Bureau of […]

Building Operations and Maintenance

Over a 30-year period, maintenance and operations costs of a building account for 98% of the total cost, while the initial design and construction account for only 2%. By investing in preventative maintenance and upgrading to newer electrical systems, you can help reduce your total operation cost while also improving your environmental, social, and corporate […]

Workplace Fatalities and Injuries 2003 – 2020

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 – Siempre Mirar Hacia Arriba – Trades

Un conductor de un camión estaba transportando tierra con un remolque de descarga. El conductor levantó el remolque a menos de medio pie de distancia de un cable eléctrico de 12,500 voltios lo que causó que la electricidad se transfiriera al remolque. Cuando el conductor salió de la cabina y tocó el suelo, el semirremolque […]

How to Become an Electrician

Interested in Becoming an Electrician? Contact your local NECA/IBEW or IEC Chapter Growing Demand in a Growing Industry The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job prospects of electricians are double the average of all occupations, and many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. By joining an apprenticeship program by the […]

Surge Protection – More than an Accessory

Summary In 2017, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) conducted a survey of electrical designers, planners, and engineers and found that there was a limited understanding of the purpose and effectiveness of surge protection devices. In response to the survey results, ESFI created educational materials to spread awareness of surge protection. An important factor revealed […]