Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Danger of Electricity
Electrical Safety Electric Current
Legislation in Relation to Electrical Safety
Video Power Lines in Agriculture
ETCI Rules on Safe Electrical Installations
Electrical Inspection & Testing for for Safety
Commission for Energy Regulation
Safety near Overhead Power Lines
Safety with Underground Electric Cables
HSA and Other Organisations
Dangers of Electricity.
Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, and other workers deal with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, electrical installation and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers, farmers, and construction workers work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.
Fatality rate from Electricity
In Ireland, there have been 62 electrocutions or deaths from the explosive/burning effects of electricity since 1995. Of those, 40 deaths have been associated with a work activity. The remaining 22 have occurred in domestic situations or as a result of trespass, vandalism or in one case a fallen overhead power line.
Fig 1 -Number of Electrical Fatalities in Ireland since from Jan 1st-1995 to Dec 31st-2011.
Each number shown above represents a person killed due to electricity.
The actual occurrences that led to the deaths are set out in the enclosed table of electrical fatalities. This table gives a brief description of each fatal incident (though details of certain recent fatalities have not yet been included).
The Electro Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI), and in particular, their Technical Committee dealing with Safety (TC5), monitors all aspects of electrical safety in the country and also issue several publications on the entire area of electrical safety.