Workplace Electrical Fatalities Decline, But Injuries Rise, Analysis Finds | 2022-02-01

Arlington, VA – In 2020, 126 American workers suffered fatal electrical injuries, a 24% decrease from the previous year, but non-fatal electrical injuries involving days away from work increased 17% in during the same period, according to a recent data analysis by the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Examining data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, ESFI found that 44% of electrical fatalities involved construction and extraction workers, while 20% involved those in installation, maintenance and repair. Of the 2,220 non-fatal electrical injuries involving DAFW – reported amid a 10% decrease in hours worked in 2020 – the most affected occupations were installation, maintenance and repair (31%); serving (25%); and construction and extraction (21%).

Other results:

  • The number of workplace electrical deaths was the lowest since data was first compiled in 2003.
  • 40% of fatalities and 13% of injuries involved Hispanic or Latino workers.
  • 63% of injuries occurred to workers employed by their organization for at least one year.
  • The rate of work-related electrical deaths was highest in the mining (0.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent) and construction (0.6 per 100,000 FTE) industries. For all industries, this rate was 0.09 per 100,000 FTEs.
  • Overall, 5.3% of all reported electrical incidents were fatal.
  • Contact or exposure to an electric current accounts for 2.6% of deaths.

“By studying how and why workers get injured, ESFI can create new materials to help educate all workers, whether they regularly work with electricity or not, to stay safe on the jobsite to prevent these incidents. preventable,” the nonprofit organization said in a statement. Press release.

In 2019, ESFI released a series of resources with recommendations to help workers in non-electrical jobs stay safe from electrical hazards.