Electrical Contractors Industry

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Electrical contractors are a specialty trade within the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 13,000 electricians in Washington State in 2003. Employment for electricians is expected to grow faster than average (projected to increase by 21 to 35 percent) through the year 2012.
In 2003, SHARP held focus groups with:

  • Electrical contracting managers.
  • Apprentice and journeymen electricians.
  • Apprenticeship program trainers.

The purpose of the focus groups was to identify successful strategies to reduce or control occupational injuries and illnesses. The groups identified and prioritized their top health and safety concerns and discussed potential solutions. Many of the strategies that contractors are using to reduce injuries include education, training, and the use of personal protective equipment.

While these strategies do play a role in preventing injuries, more emphasis should be placed on identifying and eliminating hazards altogether. An Executive summary (54 KB PDF) and the Electrical Contractors Focus Group Report (370 KB PDF) is available online.

Electrical Contractors Industry Resources

See the Washington State Employment Security Department's profile on Construction and Specialty Trades (access.wa.gov) for market and labor information.

See the Prevention Materials tab for training materials.


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