The Workplace’s Top 10 Electrical Hazards – Part 1
Most workplace electrical accidents harm workers who are not employed in the electrical field. Inexperience and lack of training in electrical methods and safety can be a contributing factor in such incidents. Thus, it is critical for employers to diligently address dangers present in the workplace. A sound safety policy will help protect employees. Consult with a licensed electrician with commercial experience for planning and implementation. The following lists the Workplace’s Top 10 Electrical Hazards.
1) Buried & Overhead Power Lines
Typically, overhead lines will not be insulated. One touch can lead to severe injury or death. The Identification and marking of the location of every overhead and buried power line within the work area will promote safety. If your company is planning an excavation on its premises, call 811 from 48 to 72 hours beforehand, so the utility can mark the locations of underground power lines at the worksite.
2) Coverings Faulty or Missing
Missing panel and electrical junction box covers are electrical hazards. Every metal cover and plate requires grounding. All openings must be properly closed.
3) Emergency & Safety Planning Neglected
Numerous states and industries mandate OSHA approved emergency and response plans. NFPA 70E is the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and a company’s compliance is essential for the safety of employees. According to the National Fire Protection Association, it provides “requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Originally developed at OSHA’s request, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.”
4) Defective Extension & Tool Power Cords
Damaged or faulty extension cords and power tool cords that have wires exposed or lacking GFCI protection can shock, electrocute, or start a fire.
5) Live Electrical Current
The main cause of electrical injury and death for electrical workers is contact with live electrical current.
Part 2 will cover the last five workplace electrical hazards.
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