Fri 7 Feb, 2014 10:01 am
On average, how many fatalities occur *worldwide* per year due to contact with electrical energy (electrocution)?
I had to see if this was even possible, and it apparently is. See -
However, I could not find stats specifically on it, probably because lightning strikes are pretty similar. Here's information on lightning strike fatalities (keep in mind that lightning strikes are generally - not necessarily always - going to be more powerful than static shocks) - http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.htm
When I was a kid, I rubbed my feet on the carpet and touched my big brother's neck. He nearly killed me!
The problem is finding statistics worldwide.
Country by country is a lot easier:
There were 550 electrocutions in the US in 1993, which translates to 2.1 deaths per million inhabitants. At that time, the incidence of electrocutions was decreasing. Electrocutions in the workplace make up the majority of these fatalities. From 1980–1992, an average of 411 workers were killed each year by electrocution. A recent study conducted by the National Coroners Information System (NCIS) in Australia  has revealed three-hundred and twenty-one (321) closed case fatalities (and at least 39 case fatalities still under coronial investigation) that had been reported to Australian coroners where a person died from electrocution between July 2000 and October 2011.
In Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway the number of electric deaths per million inhabitants was 0.6, 0.3, 0.3 and 0.2, respectively, in years 2007-2011.