Protecting workers and machine operators from static electricity doesn't need to be costly or difficult. Static protection can be achieved through awareness and often by employing a simple static eliminator in the correct position. Static shocks are often painful but rarely fatal in themselves. The real concern in a manufacturing environment when dealing with static discharge is the recoil effect. If an operator were to recoil from a static shock, how likely is it that they would end up in the path of other dangerous machinery or equipment?