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Improving electrical worker safety using OSHA resources

OSHA is trying to raise awareness of the safety risks that engineers, electricians and all electrical workers have to face. Though OSHA has been focusing on electrical safety in the states of Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, the safety organization has concerns and tips that apply to electrical workers in Arizona as well.

Between January 2015 and September 2018, OSHA conducted a series of inspections in the three aforementioned states after receiving reports of 15 hospitalizations among workers in the electrical industry. There were also two cases of amputation and six cases, spanning October 2012 to September 2018, where an electrical and wiring installation contractor was killed on the job.

Electricians and engineers anywhere run the risk for electrocution whether they are working on cable harnesses, overhead lines or circuit assemblies. They may even be harmed in a fire, explosion or fall. With adequate training and a firmly established safety and health program, though, employers can reduce the risk.

OSHA offers many a resource for employers. They can, for instance, refer to its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in the effort to identify and eliminate electrical hazards. They might also consider the On-Site Consultation Program. Participation is free and will not result in a company being given penalties or citations. Participants names are all kept confidential.

Even when precautions are being taken, accidents still happen, which is why most employers carry workers' comp insurance. For their part, victims can file for workers' comp benefits regardless of who was at fault. The process is not like that for a personal injury claim. However, victims may still meet with opposition and be forced to make an appeal. They may also have questions about settling a case. For these reasons, they may want a lawyer to provide advice and guidance.

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