Electricity Hazards: Accident Preventation at the Workplace

M.G. Ioannides, M.S. Pisimisi, and I.K. Papaioannou (Greece)


Electric hazards, occupational accidents, risk prevention


Electric power is a main form of energy world-wide. It helps us in living better, but it is still a hazard in our everyday life. Statistics on electric accidents, especially on work-related accidents, show the magnitude of the problem: electrocutions are the second causation for deaths at the workplace after falls from height. Actions for preventing occupational accidents have been taken in the various countries. The EU Framework Directive for safety and health at work provides several requirements. Risk assessment and protection and prevention services are the basic ones. The aim is to reduce risks at work, electric risks included.

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