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Description:This is an electrical surge protector, which is a device that interrupts the flow of electricity through a circuit when the flow of electric current surpasses levels that have been determined to be safe, relative to the capacity of the materials from which the circuit had been created.
What are the hazards?

Based on data from the NIOSH National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF) surveillance system, electrocutions were the fifth leading cause of death from 1980 through 1992. The 5,348 deaths caused by electrocutions accounted for 7% of all fatalities and an average of 411 deaths per year.

How can a worker be exposed or put at risk?

Electricity is present at most jobsites, and many American workers, regardless of industry or occupation, are exposed to electrical energy daily during the performance of their tasks. These hazardous exposures may exist through contact with an object as seemingly innocuous as a broken light bulb to an energized overhead power line.

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Content Providers(s):CDC Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); NIOSH Publications and Products: Worker Deaths by Electrocution
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