Each year, approximately 350 people suffer fatal injuries on the job from electrical-related hazards, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many workers are unaware of the hazards that electrical tools present until it is too late. The following are common electrical hazards to look out for and tips to prevent workplace accidents.
The most common electrical hazards found on worksites include gasoline or diesel-powered generators. Many workers do not consider these generators potentially dangerous, and that may prove fatal. If these generators are operating indoors, they produce carbon monoxide that can cause numerous symptoms if inhaled, and in a worst-case scenario, fatally injure affected workers. Before starting any generator, ensure the main circuit breaker is turned off and locked out. Failure to do so could inadvertently electrocute anyone working on a utility line. Letting generators cool down before adding fuel is another crucial safety practice.
Most worksites also use extension cords, which present another possible hazard. Over time, the cord may wear down and expose its wires. It is also important to use heavy-duty electrical cords for hard use. Always unplug an extension cord directly from the socket, rather than pulling on the cord to unplug it.
Electrical equipment on the job is inherently risky, but there are ways to reduce the odds of causing harm. Adequate ground-fault protection is a must. If a piece of electrical equipment is not properly grounded, the ground-fault might send electrical currents through the body of a worker, according to OSHA. It is also important to physically inspect electrical equipment before using it, and if frayed cords or missing prongs are in evidence, the equipment should not be used.
Although this may seem obvious, workers are injured because they are standing in water or wet areas while using electrical power tools. Never use an electrical tool, even if portable, while your feet are wet.
Power lines, whether overhead or underground, are inherently dangerous due to high voltage. In addition to electrocution, workers who encounter power lines risk severe burns. Workers should always stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. If working near a power line, never use a metal ladder. Instead, use a ladder comprised of wood or fiberglass. On the ground, always look for buried power line indicators before proceeding.
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