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In 2013, 40 fatal electrical injuries occurred in Germany according to the Federal Statistical Office. There were six fatal occupational electrical injuries and 34 fatal electrical injuries at home and during leisure time. Two people were fatally injured by lightning strikes in Germany in 2013. The number of non-fatal electrical injuries in Germany is unknown because there is no central registry for electrical injuries.

In Germany, occupational electrical injuries are reported to the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Energy, Textile, Electrical, and Media Products Sectors (BG ETEM). According to the accident statistic of 2014, 773 notifiable occupational electrical injuries occurred (notifiable means that the worker is unable to work for more than three days). Two workers died as consequence of electrical injuries.

In the following figure the number of fatal occupational electrical injuries reported to the BG ETEM is given in comparison to the number of fatal injuries according to the Federal Statistical Office in the time period 1972 to 2013. It is clearly visible that the number of fatal electrical injuries has decreased notably during the past decades. This may be as a result of improved protection against electrical injuries, for example by introduction of earth leakage circuit breakers and additional prevention measures.
Fatal electrical injuries in the population of Germany according to the Federal Statistical Office and fatal occupational electrical injuries reported to the BG ETEM (in German).
In the USA, 1,573 fatal occupational electrical injuries were reported to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI, an organization for promotion of electrical safety at home and in the workplace) between the time period 2003 to 2009. The percentage of fatal electrical injuries to all fatal occupational injuries was 4.1 % during the same time period.