Journal Article Title: Forensic Engineer's Use of National Electric Safety Code (NESC)
Article Author(s): DENBROCK, FRANK A., P.E.
Volume: 19
Volume #: 2
Month: December
Year: 2002

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Abstract:

The National Safety Council 2001 Edition of Injury Facts reported 548 deaths in the United States in 1998 due to electric current (Classifications E925). A total of 144 deaths were classified as E925.1 which involves generating plants, distribution stations, and transmission lines. The balance of 404 deaths was due to domestic wiring and appliances 59, industrial wiring 27 and others, unspecified 318. The totals in each classification (E925.0-E925.9) were higher in the not too distant past. The increased emphasis on safety, better training methodologies, and governmental involvement over the years has greatly reduced incidents causing death, injury, and excessive property damage. Improvements are still needed in all classifications. The National Electrical Safety Code since its creation by the U.S. Congress/National Bureau of Standards back in 1913 has been effective in promoting safety for electrical workers and the general public. The intention of this paper is to explore a forensic engineer’s use of the National Electrical Safety Code in providing service to his/her client in the interpretation of the technical aspects of an incident that may involve one or more Rules, Sections or Parts of the NESC.