21 electricity-related accidents in first half of 2016

Elektrilevi employee repairing power lines in Estonia. (Urmas Volmer/Elektrilevi)
7/14/2016 4:16 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

According to the Technical Regulatory Authority (TJA), a total of 21 electricity-related accidents were registered in Estonia between January and June 2016, of which none were fatal but two people sustained serious injuries and 19 sustained injuries classified as not serious.

21 electricity-related accidents were registered during the first six months of 2015 as well, in which one person was killed and three seriously injured.

The most common causes of electricity-related accidents were ignoring safety requirements, negligence, and using electrical equipment in poor technical condition.

Accounting for 81 percent of all total accidents, most occurred in or near the home; workplace accidents accounted for the other 19 percent.

76 percent of the accidents occurred in Tallinn, Harju County, and Ida-Viru County, and 33 percent of accidents involved children under 10 years of age, the typical cause of which was children poking things into wall sockets.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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