RR842 - Identifying the incidence of electricity-related accidents in Great Britain - An update (1996/97 to 2008/09p

Using certain selection criteria, the full RIDDOR database from 1996/97 to 2008/09p was searched to identify three categories of electricity accident:

  1. 'direct contact' with electricity;
  2. 'electrical based' accidents; and
  3. 'all related' accidents.

Analysis was carried out using RIDDOR fields such as 'HSE year', 'work process' and 'agent'. A number of findings were revealed, including electrical fitters (including electricians) reporting the greatest number of fatalities and non-fatal injuries, with many of the accidents related to contact with electricity (or electrical discharge). However, a number of other accidents were not related to direct contact with electricity, such as handling strains/sprains and high falls. It is proposed that the results of this report constitute an updated evidence base indicating possible priority areas for intervention by the HSE.


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