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Mining Product: Arc Flash Awareness

Original creation date: January 2007

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This video addresses a problem of an estimated 5 to 10 arc flash accidents occurring in electrical equipment every day in the United States, in 2007.  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 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 video is available in both YouTube and DVD formats.

Spanish-language subtitles are available on the YouTube video. To access the subtitles, mouse over the video to reveal the timeline and playback controls (they appear at the bottom of the video). Next to the closed captioning "CC" icon, there is a cog icon that is designated “settings.” Click on settings. From the menu, choose "subtitles/CC," and then choose "Spanish" from that list.

If the subtitles are not playing, make sure that the "CC" icon is engaged (a red line will appear underneath the “CC” logo).

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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.

This video can be streamed from YouTube or a ZIP file containing a WMV file and a SRT closed caption file can be downloaded for local playback when streaming is not feasible. To use the ZIP file, download it to your computer and expand the contents into a folder of your choice. The SRT caption file will provide closed captions when using a compatible media player.