Each year ESFI compiles yearly workplace electrical injury statistics based on data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII) to distill information specifically pertaining to fatal and nonfatal occupational electrical injuries. The most recent data covers the 26 years from 1992-2019 but mainly focuses on 2003-2019 data.
Fatal Electrical Injuries
- There were 166 electrical fatalities in 2019, which was a 3.75% increase over 2018 and the highest number of electrical fatalities since 2011.
- Contact with / exposure to electric current accounted for 3% of all fatalities in 2019, maintaining the same percentage as in 2018.
- In 2019, 8% of all electrical injuries were fatal.
Nonfatal Electrical Injuries
- There were 1,900 nonfatal electrical injuries involving days away from work. This was a 22% increase over 2018.
- 0.21% of all nonfatal injuries resulting in days away from work could be attributed to electricity during 2019. In 2018, 0.17% could be attributed to electricity.
- The median number of days away from work for nonfatal electrical injuries was 9 in 2019, a 125% increase over 2018.