Electricity is considered to be the “silent killer” in most workplaces because it is essentially invisible. Electricity cannot be heard, seen, smelled or tasted. As a result, most workers are unaware of their potential exposure to electrical hazards that may be present in their work environment, which, in turn, leaves them vulnerable to electrical injuries.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and over 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year. Consequently, electricity ranks sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States, rendering it one of the most serious workplace hazards.