Some 168 people died following electrocution in accidents at work in the 13 years from 1996/97 to 2008/09, a new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed.
This equates to six per cent of the deaths that took place in accidents at work over the course of the 13 years.
At 18, the year 1999/2000 saw the highest number of fatalities from electrocution, but this figure has steadily decreased since.
"Overall, this means an average of 13 fatalities per year from 1996/97 to 2008/09 have been caused by direct contact with electricity," the HSE report reads.
It goes on to say that, according to provisional data, just six people died from electrocution in accidents at work in 2008/09.
Last month, Lumsden & Carroll Construction Ltd and James Kennedy were fined after a man was electrocuted in an accident at work.
John Dodsworth from Gateshead suffered extensive internal and external burns in the incident.
Posted by Trevor Baker
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