Many electrical injuries result in significant time away from the job – 41 percent of injuries require more than two weeks away from work. Between 2012 and 2016, 9,760 workers in the U.S. were injured through exposure to electricity – an average of 1,952 annually. Between 2007 and 2016, 21,550 workers in the U.S. experienced some type of non-fatal electrical injury.
Nearly three workers die every week (as calculated over a five-year period) from exposure to electricity – a total of 739 deaths during that period. One-fifth of the victims were self-employed. Most fatalities (417) were caused by direct exposure to electricity, such as touching a live wire.