Arc Flash Statistics

Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Electrical injuries: hospitalisations and deaths 2014–15 and 2015–16

This report provides an overview of cases admitted to hospital with an electrical injury or a fatal electrical injury in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2016.

Males Females Total
Total Hospitalised through Electrical Burns over 2 years 211 59 270
Hospitalised through Electrical Burns over 1 year 105 30 135

Part of Body Burnt

Males Females Total
Burn of head and neck 13 1.5 14.5
Burn of trunk 4 1.5 5.5
Burn of shoulder and upper limb, except wrist and hand 7 0.5 7.5
Burn of wrist and hand 71 23 94
Burn of hip and lower limb, except ankle and foot 3 1 4
Burn of ankle and foot 6.5 2 8.5
Burn of eye and adnexa 1 0 1
Totals 105 30 135

Injured While Working 70%

Males Females Total
Total work-related electrical burn injuries per year 73 21 94

Deductions from the above electrical burn statistics

Although the above figures do not mention arc flash, a great majority of the burns would have happened due to an arc flash. Even taking 50% of the figure electrical burn hospitalisations would put 47 people in hospital each year through arc flash burns.

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