Every electrical burn injury has a story. Faces of Fire/Electrical is a campaign that features stories of people impacted by electrical incidents and demonstrates the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards both on the job and at home.
Hear from electrical burn survivors whose lives have been forever altered and how more understanding, training, and a change in work culture could have significantly impacted these outcomes. Adding to these stories of loss and resilience is an example of a physician who is dedicated to the complete physical and emotional healing of patients suffering from a burn injury.
Amy Acton, Grand Rapids, MI
As a teenager, Amy Acton worked at a local marina. One day at work, Amy suffered severe electrical burns when the mast of a sailboat she and her friends were guiding through a nearby grassy area accidentally hit an overhead power line. She spent more than two months recovering from her injuries. Learn more.
Dave Schury, Lemont, IL
Dave Schury was working as an area operator for an Illinois power company when a rat short-circuited a 12,000-volt piece of equipment causing an explosion. He suffered second- and third-degree burns to 30 percent of his body and spent the next two weeks fighting for his life in the burn unit at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. Learn more.
Sam Matagi, West Valley City, UT
In 2010, while working as a power lineman, Sam Matagi was involved in an electrical accident; nearly 15,000 volts of electricity surged through his body when a scrap of cut wire that he was holding came in contact with a live wire. His injuries resulted in the loss of both his hands. Learn more.
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Additional information and resources
Electrical Safety at Home
Electrical Safety in the Workplace
- NFPA’s bi-weekly NFPA 70E blog series points to the many issues related to electrical safety in the workplace.
- Managing workers at risk of electrical hazards is a significant responsibility. Making electrical safety education and training a top priority empowers us to make informed decisions that help minimize the chance of costly and potentially life-altering accidents. Learn more.
- The 70E fact sheet (PDF) lays out some of the major changes in the 2021 edition. It also addresses the roles of both the employer and employee regarding electrical safety and explains how the standard works with other codes and standards.
- Download ESFI’s Overhead Powerline Safety infographic (PDF) that raises awareness of the dangers of powerlines at worksites, and action steps to take to stay safe.
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