India reporting large amount of deaths due to Electrical Mishaps

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is losing far too many personnel to electrical mishaps on the job. Between June 2011 and February 2012 -24 staffers and contract workers of the KSEB have died in electrical mishaps, according to statistics tabled in the Assembly.

Eleven contractor’s workmen, four electricity workers, six linemen, one overseer, one sub-engineer and one assistant engineer lost their lives during this short period.

The Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed admitted that the number of deaths had been increasing during the past two years.

On the ‘Equipment Side,’ the report recommended phased replacement of old and obsolete equipment, periodical maintenance, modification of fire fighting facilities and safety training for all workers. More recommendations were made and have yet to be implemented.