Preventing Fatalities in the Utilities Industries

Despite improvement in overall safety, utility workers continue to suffer serious injuries on the job. Every day they face exposure from energized panels, commercial lighting systems, working at heights on power poles, handling dangerous equipment, and driving on unsurfaced roads.
While many deaths are attributed to failure to adhere to proper procedure, it is vital that leaders look at the broader scope of cultural and organizational influences that drive workers to cut corners and take shortcuts in order to get the job done. This white paper explores:
  • The reason fatalities occur in the utilities industry
  • The failure of rules and procedures to prevent serious injuries
  • How people fail to recognize risk
  • The impact organizational values and culture have on at-risk behavior
  • The role leaders play in preventing workplace fatalities