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Friday, January 26, 2007

Electrical Near Misses

"Electrical safety occurrences are the most frequently reported near miss events across the DOE complex, and thus pose the greatest risk to workers. In 2002 and 2003, electrical safety occurrences were reported at a rate of two per week, with three-quarters of them categorized as near misses (to serious injury or death). Thirty-five of the electrical occurrences in this 2-year period involved shocks to workers; six resulted in electrical burns."

The above is from an Operating Experience and Lessons Learned Report published by the Department of Energy. It looks at electrical incidents, most of which were "near misses" when it comes to serious injury, throughout their facilities. A number of incidents are described followed by an analysis of the lessons learned from each incident. This paper will expose you to information about hazardous situations you may not have considered and provide ways to eliminate those hazards.

You can read this paper at: DOE Electrical Near Misses (PDF document).

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