Mining Product: Arc Flash Awareness
Original creation date: January 2007
It is estimated that 5 to 10 arc flash incidents occur in electrical equipment everyday in the United States. These events have the potential to cause serious injuries and even death due to burns and other trauma. In the mining industry, non-contact electrical burns due to arc flash events are the largest single category of electrical injuries. To address this problem, NIOSH OMSHR researchers conducted a study of such injuries from an 11-year period, with findings that included the determination of organizational and human behavior components of arc flash incidents.
This Arc Flash Program is a result of that study and focuses on individual and organizational behavior including judgment-decision making. It presents interviews with three electricians and the situation and consequences of being directly or indirectly involved in one of these incidents. Organizational issues are addressed through an interview discussing management responsibilities.
This 26-minute video is available in 4 formats (downloadable and streaming.
Authors: KM Kowalski-Trakofler, EA Barrrett, CW Urban, GT Homce
Audience: All mining employees at all experience levels
Video - January 2007
NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20031714
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2007-1116D, 2007 Jan.
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- Electrical Safety
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- Mine Power Systems
- Occupational Electrical Injuries in the United States, 1992-1998, and Recommendations for Safety Research
- Reducing Non-Contact Electric Arc Injuries: An Investigation of Behavioral and Organizational Issues
- Trends in Electrical Injury in the U.S., 1992-2002
- U.S. Bureau of Mines/NIOSH Mining Electrical Safety Research: A Legacy of Protection Against Shock, Fires, and Explosions
- Understanding and Quantifying Arc Flash Hazards in the Mining Industry
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program