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May is National Electrical Safety Month

The Electrical Safety Foundation International leads an annual campaign to make people aware of measures that they can take to reduce electrical fatalities, fires, injuries and property damage. The goal of the campaign is to improve electrical safety in homes, schools and workplaces in New York and across the country.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 187 deaths occur in workplaces every year because of electrical hazards. Although they are not the primary cause of work-related injuries and deaths, electrical hazards are very costly and deadly, killing one worker for every 13 who are injured.

The ESFI is a nonprofit organization, and its campaign for National Electrical Safety Month in May features a far-reaching compilation of updated and new resources to promote awareness of electrical safety, including fact sheets, tools, safety tips and templates for individuals to encourage electrical safety themselves. The campaign also includes social media and outreach materials to spread its message even further, and the 2016 Electrical Safety Advocate Guide is meant to spread awareness about electrical hazards.

The ESFI is also launching the third edition of its Electrical Safety Illustrated publication. The "At Home and at Work: Make Electrical Safety Everyone's Priority" issue aims to advise people about common home and workplace hazards. The president of the organization says that thousands of workers die every year because they do not follow basic electrical safety procedures such as testing devices, units or wires before touching them. The ESFI wants to reduce complacency on the job and ensure that safety is a top priority, he added.

People who are injured on the job in an electrical accident may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. If the injury was due to a defective piece of equipment or wiring, the victim may want to speak to an attorney about whether or not filing a separate lawsuit against the manufacturer is allowable or advisable.

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