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Littelfuse Report – Shock: Electric’s Deadliest Act

Littelfuse Report – Shock: Electric’s Deadliest Act

We surveyed almost 600 people who work directly with electricity to gauge how well companies are protecting their workers from electrical shock.

More than 75 % of people who work directly with electricity have been electrically shocked while on the job, the survey found, half of which by more than 220 volts.

The survey draws connections between the respondents’ answers pertaining to their knowledge, their experience and their companies’ safety measures against electrical shock, such as:

The correlation between workers’ experience of being electrically shocked while on the job and their self-rated confidence in their ability to recognize an electrical shock hazard

Whether being provided safety training makes a difference in a workers’ knowledge of how much voltage is safe to work on or near

How many workers who believe a dangerous level of voltage is safe to work on or near use electrical gloves provided by their facility that fail to comply with electrical protective equipment safety standards

Safety by design and special-purpose GFCIs (SPGFCIs)

This report provides an in-depth discussion of:

  • The prevalence of electrical shock fatalities and the misconception that electrical shock fatalities are steadily declining;
  • Variables that impact the severity of an electrical shock injury, and the long-term injuries of the body;
  • Conditions where shock protection is not required by the NEC but contain shock hazards that jeopardize workers’ safety; and
  • Safety by design and special-purpose GFCIs (SPGFCIs).

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