May is National Electrical Safety Month.
We often don’t think about electricity on a daily basis. We flip a switch, plug something in or charge a cell phone expecting it to work. However, if not used or maintained appropriately, electricity can pose serious risks.
Over the last ten years, more than 30,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents. While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and accidents, they are disproportionately fatal and costly.
These injuries not only disrupt the lives of the workers and their families but also impact the productivity of employers. The good news is that most on-the-job electrocutions and electrical injuries can be prevented by following a few necessary steps.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the leading authority on workplace electrical safety. ESFI began National Electrical Safety Month in the 90’s and is the primary driving behind the annual campaign. ESFI recognizes that each work environment presents different electrical hazards. ESFI’s workplace safety materials provide valuable information to help employees make safe choices every day and tips for creating a safer work environment, whether work takes place in an office, on a job site, or in a manufacturing setting.
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