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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 2.0: Reduce fatal and nonfatal injuries from contact with electricity among construction workers.

Intermediate Goal 2.3: Investigate ways to protect construction workers from contact with live electrical wiring and components by studying electrical installation, maintenance, and repair tasks and recommending ways to improve work practices, techniques, and tools. Special emphasis will be given to lockout and tagout procedures for troubleshooting tasks, which may involve using certain work practices, tools, techniques, and personal protective equipment (PPE), that may be conducted when the circuit is live (such as under NFPA 70E).

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
2.3.1 Identify workers, tasks, and risk factors associated with the greatest risk for electrocution involving common electrical and non-electrical installation, maintenance, and repair tasks.
2.3.2 Evaluate why electrical workers believe they need to work on energized equipment vs. de-energized equipment. Use human factors approaches to identify root causes and evaluate worker awareness of risks and precautions associated with “live” work.
2.3.3 Identify and evaluate interventions to address risk factors associated with the groups and tasks most at risk.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
2.3.4 Develop simple “close call/near miss” and other basic leading indicators that can be used by workers and contractors to improve identification and awareness of the most common risk factors associated with work on energized equipment.
2.3.5 Promote and disseminate successful strategies via industry and labor construction organizations.
Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director


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