Companies 'unfamiliar with electricity legislation'

29-09-2006

Companies 'unfamiliar with electricity legislation'
Around 73 per cent of employees are at risk from exposure to electricity in the workplace, a new report claims.

The research from Zurich insurance found that 18 per cent of companies said that they were not familiar with the Electricity at Work (EAW) Regulations, despite the fact that they have been in force since 1989.

Although 95 per cent of employers think that their company is adequately protected against a breach of the act, 18 per cent said that employees had suffered an electrical shock at their premises.

Head of engineering at Zurich Risk Services Phil Moore said: "Businesses need to ensure they are one hundred per cent up-to-speed with the details of the regulations or they are potentially putting their employees' safety at risk and bringing additional cost to their bottom line."

Around 1,000 electrical accidents at work are reported to the Health and Safety Executive each year, while about 30 people a year die from electrical injuries at work.




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