The human damage and financial costs that result from arc-flash accidents can be significant. According to this article from Plant Services magazine, it’s estimated that a serious accident that the victim survives will on average cost more than $10 million, which is a combination of direct and indirect costs. Some serious accidents have resulted in higher costs. The victim often suffers permanent and disfiguring physical trauma that shortens their life span and prevents them from ever returning to work. This is a serious risk not only to the worker and the worker’s family, but to the employer and its insurers. For small employers, the company itself might not survive.
NFPA 70E is an industry consensus standard that defines the specific requirements for safely working on or around electrical equipment. Safety training for a “qualified person,” which is required by the standards, is one of the most important requirements for workplace safety, and especially electrical workplace safety. It’s also the easiest compliance requirement for employers to implement.
From a risk management and safety perspective, safety training is probably the most cost-effective strategy that an employer can provide to its employees who may be exposed to workplace hazards. Read the full article from Plant Services magazine to learn more about how training can help reduce preventable errors.
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