An arc flash is an explosive burst of heat and light, caused by a sudden, uncontrolled electrical arc (or current passing through the air). Temperatures may reach as high as 35,000°F in just 1/1000 of a second, vaporizing metal, causing fatal burns, and generating a blast wave that can collapse workers' lungs and rupture eardrums. Shrapnel, toxic gases, and intense UV rays can cause additional injuries. Arc flash accidents can kill in an instant, or cause a long, slow, and painful death. Even non-fatal injuries from an arc flash may require months or years of medical care and therapy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that between 1992 and 2002, electrical accidents in the workplace caused 3,378 deaths and an additional 46,598 non-fatal injuries. About 5% of all workplace deaths were related to electrical equipment.

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Un destello de arco es una explosión explosiva de calor y luz, causado por un arco eléctrico repentino, incontrolado (o la corriente que pasa a través del aire). Las temperaturas pueden alcanzar tan arriba como 35.000 ° F en sólo 1/1000 de segundo, vaporización de metal, provocando quemaduras mortales y generando una onda de explosión que puede colapsar los pulmones de los trabajadores y la ruptura del tímpano. Metralla, gases tóxicos e intensa de los rayos UV pueden causar lesiones adicionales. Flash de ARCO accidentes pueden matar en un instante, o causar una muerte larga, lenta y dolorosa. Accidentes no mortales incluso de un Flash de ARCO pueden requerir meses o años de terapia y atención médica.

La oficina de estadísticas laborales señala que entre 1992 y 2002, accidentes eléctricos en el lugar de trabajo causada 3.378 muertes y un adicional 46.598 lesiones no fatales. Alrededor del 5% de todas las muertes del lugar de trabajo estaban relacionados con equipos eléctricos.

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First, the bad news. According to OSHA:

  *   100 workers are seriously injured in a forklift accident EVERY DAY

  *   Every 4 days a worker dies in a forklift accident

  *   90% percent of all forklifts will be involved in an injury-causing accident during their service life.

Now, the good news: The majority of forklift accidents are avoidable.

The rate of injury and death could be dramatically decreased with an increase in safety training.

Stop putting forklift safety training on the back burner. Even workers who have been operating forklifts for years without incident need regular reviews to avoid becoming complacent.

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