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Fatal electrical injuries at work

Report: NFPA's "Fatal Electrical Injuries at Work"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: May 2018

Report highlights

  • 739 died from exposure to electricity.
  • By occupation, workers in construction and extraction occupations (47%) and installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (22%) accounted for the largest number of deaths.
  • 80% of fatal injuries from direct exposure to electricity occurred while workers were engaged in constructing, repairing, or cleaning activities.
  • Workers who were fatally injured as a result of indirect exposure to electricity were most often engaged in construction, repairing, or cleaning activities (37%) or were using or operating tools or machinery (32%) at the time of injury.