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New OSHA eTool aims to prevent electric shock deaths

Each year, more than 75 workers die from electric shock while working with electric power, so OSHA has developed a new online "eTool" to explain the agency's safety standards and keep workers safe while working with electrical equipment or near high-voltage power lines.

"We cannot allow these tragedies to continue," said OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels. "This eTool informs employers of their obligation to protect electrical workers from serious injuries and death, and also lets workers know the preventive steps their employers must take to assure worker safety."

The Web-based interactive training tool can be accessed by clicking here.

03/31/2010