Electrical Workplace Fatalities and Injuries 2003 - 2016

ESFI Electrical Workplace Fatalities and Injuries Infographic

Source: ESFI.org

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) uses the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII) to distill information specifically pertaining to fatal and nonfatal occupational electrical injuries. Each year the ESFI publishes electrical injury information in tabular and graphical form on their website. The most recent data covers the 23 year period from 1992-2016, but mainly focuses on 2003-2016 data.

Fatal Electrical Injuries

  • 98% of fatal electrical injuries occurred in the Private sector and 2% in the Government sector.
  • In 2016, 53% of all fatal electrical injuries occurred in the Construction industry, down from 60% in the preceding year. The Construction industry recorded the most fatal electrical injuries with 82, about three times the contribution of the second-highest source, Professional and Business Services, which jumped from 18 to 28 electrical fatalities in 2016.
  • The highest rate of fatal electrical injury in 2016 occurred in the Utility industry (0.87/100,000), followed closely by the Construction industry (0.82/100,000).

Nonfatal Electrical Injuries

  • About 0.18% of all nonfatal injuries resulting in days away from work could be attributed to electricity during 2016. Although a significant source of fatalities, nonfatal electrical injuries remain relatively rare compared to many other injury types.
  • The median number of days away from work for nonfatal electrical injuries was 5.
  • More electrical burn injuries (270) than electric shock injuries (150) occurred in the Construction industry in 2016. Numbers of electrical shock injuries for the Utility industry were unavailable for 2016, while 50 electrical burn injuries were recorded.

To read the complete article, visit Esfi.org/resource/workplace-fatalities-and-injuries-2003-2016.