Solar PV Electrical Safety

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, solar photovoltaic (PV) installer jobs are expected to grow 51% between 2019 and 2029, increasing at a much higher rate than the average of all occupations. Learn how to stay safe while working with or around solar panels. Statistics 51% expected growth in solar PV installer jobs […]

Temporary Power Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states that contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of construction workplace fatalities. However, temporary power is essential to construction worksites and poses a great risk to workers. Follow these steps to ensure proper safety procedures are met when working with or around temporary power. Setup […]

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 […]

Residential Construction – Workplace Safety

Before starting any project, always look up to make sure you’re aware of any overhead power lines. Whether you’re working on the roof, trimming trees, or cleaning the gutters, make sure you’re a safe distance from any power line and make sure to warn others of their proximity. You should always stay at least 10-feet […]

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 – Always Look Up – Trades

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 […]

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 […]

Overhead Power Line Safety

In 2016, 53% of all fatal electrical injuries occurred in the Construction industry. The Construction industry remained the leading source of fatal electrical injuries with 81, more than four times the contribution of the second-highest source, Professional and Business Services. Learn how to work safely near power lines with these simple steps: Locate all overhead power […]

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 […]