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OSHA seeks to educate employers about electrical hazards

In many Florida industries, electrical hazards are common. However, injuries from electrical accidents can be extremely serious or even deadly. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is hoping to raise awareness among electricians, engineers and other employees who regularly perform electrical operations.

According to OSHA, there were two amputations and 15 hospitalizations from January 2015 through September 2018 that were caused by electrical accidents. Additionally, from October 2012 to September 2018, six contractors who were involved in electrical and wiring installation suffered injuries that were ultimately fatal.

In order to reduce electrical-related injuries and deaths, OSHA offers an On-Site Consultation Program to employers. This program is no-cost and helps small and medium-sized businesses identify any potential hazards that could result in injuries or deaths. The program does not involve any penalties or citations, allowing businesses to work towards compliance with OSHA standards while improving safety and health in the workplace. Additionally, OSHA provides Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. These guidelines can further be used to improve safety and protect against workplace injuries. These resources are free to businesses and encourage a proactive approach to mitigate or resolve any potential problems before anyone becomes injured.

In some cases, electrical hazards are part of the job and accidents can occur even when businesses and employers do everything they can to mitigate those hazards. On the other hand, there are employers who cut corners in order to increase their own revenue. When a workplace accident occurs, the insurance companies may attempt to avoid paying the compensation an injured worker may be entitled to. A workers' compensation attorney may assist with filing for benefits, which may include the cost of medical care for the injury and a portion of the worker's wages if the injury prevents the employee from working.

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