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Hiring a commercial electrician can help businesses avoid the very real danger of electrical injury.
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Why Electrical Injury Is a Very Real Problem
If you are a business owner, you are likely not very worried about electrical injury at the workplace. But you should be. According to the OSHA website:
“Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 899 or 20.5% were in construction-that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (60.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2014, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 545 workers’ lives in America every year.
Falls — 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
Caught-in/between* – 39 (4.3%)
(*This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)
Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY2015
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015):
Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303)” [VIEW SOURCE]
As you can see, the federal government takes electrical safety very seriously. And well they should. As a business owner, you should as well. Which is why you should contact an electrician.
Reasons to Hire an Electrician for Electrical Checks and Troubleshooting
Why should electrical safety matter so much? Well, as a business owner, you could be subject to liability if it is determined that the wiring is bad in your business. If someone is injured or killed, your business could be found liable and you could end up paying damages as well as fines.
In addition to the damages by employees, if you rent a property, the property owner could end up suing you if you made any electrical changes that were not approved, or if you are responsible for the upkeep of the wiring of your business.
So, stay safe and be a smart business owner. Hire a commercial electrician in Phoenix today.