Fact: One person is electrocuted every day in the workplace.
Fact: Based on available statistics, it’s expected that the explosive energy released during an arc blast will send more than 2,000 North American electrical workers to burn centers each year. The sad thing is that most of these workers will not have been properly warned of the magnitude of the hazard — if they were ever warned at all.
Let’s face it being an electrical worker is an extremely dangerous profession, and it doesn’t matter if you are working in residential construction installing a simple electrical panel or working on a complex network of MCC’s at an industrial oil and gas facility , burns, explosions, serious injuries and death are literally daily realities of the job. Make no mistake about it, being an electrician is a profession that requires specialized knowledge and skills. Not only is it a certified profession it is a lucrative profession, one that requires many years of education and on the job training just to become a Journeyman, let alone becoming a Master, yet sadly over the generations it has become an acceptable occurrence, by the electricians themselves, that its totally normal to get “shocked” on the job without the proper knowledge of the inherent risk of shocks or the short and long term side effects on the body, let alone the disastrous consequences of an arc flash and subsequent arc blast.
The above statistics are sobering, surprising and worrisome. Every employer wants to protect their employees in the work environment, yet often it is a matter of not conducting the appropriate safety due diligence check prior to starting the work which causes unnecessary risks to be taken and the result is accidents and injuries. The reality is that every time you work around energized electrical equipment you simply must complete a Shock Hazard Analysis and implement the appropriate Administrative and Engineering Controls combined with wearing the properly rated and required PPE for the job at hand, and you will drastically reduce the chance of an accident, injury or death.
So where do we go from here? Fortunately, industry is now being proactive in implementing these safety controls by requiring electrical workers to be trained in ESTS (Electrical Safety Training Systems). Danatec’s ESTS course is directly related to the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
What’s the moral of this story? Well, hopefully you won’t be “shocked” with the answer… Get Trained and get Home Safe!!