If you work in an environment where electricity is used, then you are exposed to a risk of electrocution. Electrical burns and injuries happen when the current passes through a part of your body. These injuries may range from a minor sting to a dangerous electric shock with the potential to stop your heart or damage your organs.
Electrical injuries can be caused by many factors, such as working outdoors and being exposed to lightning or touching exposed electrical wires. Those who work with appliances or electrical systems are at the greatest risk of injury.
What can you do to prevent electrical injuries in the workplace?
There are many things that you and your coworkers can do to avoid electrical injuries in the workplace. Some of these things include:
· Switching off and unplugging devices when you clean, especially if you’re using sprays or liquids
· Turning off all electrical appliances at the end of each work day
· Avoiding the use of force when plugging in an item. If the plug won’t go in, use a different outlet or call an electrician
· Only using equipment that was approved by a national testing laboratory
· Paying attention to signs of damage or wear, like frayed cables
· Clearly labeling all electrical hazards, like electrical panels, so you don’t accidentally come into contact with an electrical current
All employers should have at least basic electrical safety training that they require their employees to take. In most cases, indoor electrical hazards are easily controlled, so that no one has to be at risk.
What can you do about outdoor electrical risks?
One of the greatest outdoor electrical risks is a risk of being struck by lightning. Avoid being out in open areas during thunderstorms or if there is a storm nearby. If you can hear thunder, lightning could strike. Go inside and avoid working in these conditions.
These are a few reasons for electrical injuries in the workplace and how you can avoid them. If you do get electrocuted on the job, seek emergency medical care. Your employer can help you with your workers’ compensation claim later.