When electrical workers lack the proper training or skills needed to complete their jobs, it can put your business at risk. Research by the Ponemon Institute has found that in data centers, human error is a leading root cause of unexpected downtime, which can disrupt productivity, impact customer service, and take a toll on the bottom line.
Beyond costly equipment failures and unplanned shutdowns, inadequate worker knowledge can also increase the risk of electrical accidents, putting workers in grave danger. In fact, two of the top 10 most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations are related to electrical safety. And in 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor reported 5,190 on-the-job deaths which is the highest fatality rate since 2008. Many of these violations or accidents can be mapped back to insufficient training, which results in failure to follow appropriate procedures or take the necessary safety precautions on the job.