Keeping Electrical Workers Safe on the Job

The electric power industry has released a case study to show the integral part safety and health programs play in keeping electrical workers safe on the job.

These programs share three key traits: management leadership, worker participation, and coordination at multi-employer worksites. A focus on identifying and fixing hazards before they cause harm helps the industry maintain reliability for its customers, while also ensuring the safety and health of its workers.

The partnership includes 17 industry leaders, including the CEOs of more than a dozen of the largest union and non-union electrical infrastructure contractors in the nation. Other members include the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The partnership prioritizes analyzing incident data to find common causes of injuries and identifying training criteria for forepersons, supervisors, lineworkers, and apprentices. It highlights many safety messages and best practices that affect workers on a daily basis.

Examples include best practices for job briefings, the use of insulating rubber gloves, and instructions for a “qualified observer” who can, for example, ensure that clearances are maintained and that effective rubber cover-ups are installed.