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Electrical safety training in light of the NFPA 70E

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

The National Fire Protection Association has a standard for electrical safety in the workplace called the NFPA 70E, and many employers are doing their best to ensure that their electrical safety training is in compliance with this standard. However, there are some misconceptions that employers in Georgia will want to be aware of.

For instance, some employers believe that one-time training at the start of employment is sufficient, but the standard stresses recurring training. In fact, employees must be trained anew every at least every three years. Other employers may provide three-year training but only to their electricians. This is wrong because the standard requires training for all who are exposed to electrical hazards: for example, engineers and HVAC technicians.

Other employers may run afoul of the standard by opting for in-house training and yet failing to update that training. If they want to retain in-house training, the trainer must be current on all updates to the NFPA 70E. All training is meant to fit the worker’s level of electrical hazard exposure.

A good training program is not enough, though. The NFPA 70E has a relatively new requirement where employers must conduct electrical work audits every year. These are to be handled by someone knowledgeable about safe electrical practices who can speak directly with employees about these practices.

Electrical shocks are just one hazard, and they can cause burns, nerve damage and other injuries. Under workers’ compensation law, employees who suffer such injuries can be eligible for certain benefits. Filing a workers’ comp claim can be complicated, though, so victims may want an attorney to assist them. If the employer denies payment, the attorney may help mount an appeal. Also, an attorney may explain how to settle a case. One may opt for a liability settlement or non-liability settlement.


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