An arc flash is a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground. The results are often violent and when a human is in close proximity to the arc flash, serious injury and even death can occur.

It’s not uncommon for an injured employee to never regain his past quality of life. Extended medical care often is required, sometimes costing in excess of $1 million, according to estimates from OSHA.

Arc flash can be caused by many things including: