Working as an electrician can be tough. Even if you receive sufficient training and are the most skillful electrician in the world, your job can still be challenging and unsafe.
Here is a look at 2016 injury and fatality statistics for electricians:
- 10 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- 7,790 nonfatal injuries
- 79 fatalities
The fatal injury rate is nearly three times the rate of the national average. Staying safe as an electrical worker requires utmost alertness and awareness. If you know the most common electrician accidents, you can take steps to avoid becoming a statistic. This is how you are most likely to get hurt in your profession.
1. Slips, trips and falls
Fall accidents are the most common cause of workplace injury for electricians. You may be prone to falling due to working on ladders, roofs or other high places. Approximately 14.6 percent of electrician accidents, including falls, result in fractures.
Of course, the inherent nature of your occupation puts you at risk of electrical shock. You may experience exposure to a significant amount of current or for too long. A common example of getting an electrical shock is when your hands come into contact with electrical equipment or wire. Prompt medical treatment is crucial to prevent permanent damage and death if you get electrocuted.
Electricity can result in two different kinds of burns: thermal burns from blasts and arc flashes and electrical burns from contact with a current.
4. Repetitive stress injuries
The tasks you perform as an electrician can take a toll on your body. Repetitive and strenuous activities can result in a variety of ailments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back strain and hand abrasions.
There is no denying that working on electrical equipment is inherently hazardous. The injury and fatality rates of your trade make it one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. This is why it is crucial to stay informed about safety tips and workers' compensation claims.