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safety matters compliance

Achieve,
Maintain
Electrical-Safety
Compliance
Bryan Parkhurst, P.E.
Vertiv

Follow these seven steps to build an electrical-safety program that prevents injuries and fines.
WE'VE COME A LONG WAY from the turn of the 20th century
when some of the biggest threats to American workers were animals
and hand tools. These days, plant workers face countless dangers,
especially where power sources are concerned. In fact, two of 10
most-frequent Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Washington (OSHA.gov), violations are related to electrical safety.
Although accidents are declining across many critical industries,
there are still 14 deaths every day. Tragically, in 2016 alone, more
than 150 deaths were attributed to electricity exposure.
Not only do unsafe workplaces put personnel in jeopardy, they can
directly affect company bottom lines. For example, OSHA fines can
reach $12,600 for a single violation. Fines are multiplied for repeat
offenders. In 2016, business spent $170 billion on costs associat-

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ed with workplace injuries and illnesses-expenditures that come
straight out of company profit.
Statistics such as these are what call attention to electrical-safety
compliance in the workplace. In fact, the issue is becoming a common boardroom topic given top management's increasing concerns
over the consequences they could face due to possible gaps in their
compliance programs.
The following steps can help your site avoid such gaps and
associated repercussions, not to mention reap benefits well beyond
organizational safety.
1. KNOW WHAT IS REQUIRED
Because regulatory requirements are ever changing, and new ones

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