According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electric-related fires are the third leading cause for fires in the United States. Electrical failure or malfunction served as the ignition source for a yearly average of 45,210 home fires, resulting in 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries and over $1.4 billion in property damage per year between 2010 and 2014. Arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) circuits and receptacles can prevent an estimated 52% of these fires. Similar to efforts in preventing electrocutions and childhood shocks and burns, education for the public on fire prevention with new electrical technologies required by the National Electrical Code can help save numerous lives and property.
According to OSHA, caught-on or -between hazards collectively is one of the four deadliest dangers found on a construction site, and one of the biggest hazards for workers in industrial processing as far as unguarded machines and equipment. Workers' fingers, arms, hair, and other body parts as well as protective clothing can be caught or entangled in unguarded machine parts or equipment, which is known as a caught-in or -between hazard.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces, sun exposure, or steam.
Almost everything in a workplace setting today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. If a part of the body comes into contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The current enters the body at one point and leaves at another point. This passage of electricity can cause great pain, burns, and even fatalities.
Nothing is more important than fall protection safety—OSHA thinks so too. Dangerous circumstances involving safety at heights are all too common. Fall protection (1926.501) was the leading cause in willful and serious violations in the fiscal year of 2015 according to the NSC.