The following will discuss seven of the most common workplace electrical hazards. The best way to prevent serious harm to employees is through prevention by making a commitment to standard safety practices and working with an experienced licensed electrician.
1) Faulty Equipment
Using faulty or damaged electrical equipment and tools can be extremely hazardous. If they are defective, only a qualified person should perform the repair. All cords and wires should be inspected for abrasions, cuts, and cracks. Each problem item should be repaired or replaced.
2) Exposed Electrical Components
Damaged insulation on electrical cords, open power distribution blocks, and temporary lighting are three examples of exposed electrical parts. Each is capable of causing electrical burns and shocks. These injuries can be prevented by repairing or replacing damaged wiring and equipping electrical components with protective features.
3) Improper Grounding of Equipment
According to OSHA, the most common workplace electrical violation is equipment being improperly grounded. An electrician can eliminate undesired voltage and decrease risk of electrocution through proper grounding. The metallic ground pin should never be removed from equipment because it is designed to guide undesired voltage to the earth.
4) Inadequate Wiring and Overloaded Circuits
Incorrectly sized wires for the amount of current can lead to overheating and fires. The proper sized wire and extension cord should be used to handle the electrical load. In addition, avoid overloading outlets by utilizing the proper circuit breakers.
5) Insufficient Insulation
Insufficient and damaged insulation is dangerous and should be addressed immediately. Electric tape should not be used to cover it. Prior to replacing insulation, every power source must be shut off.
6) Overhead Power Lines
Workers may suffer electrocution and serious burns when coming into contact with overhead power lines. A distance of at least 10 feet from all power lines should always be maintained.
7) Wet Conditions
Employees must never be permitted to use electrical equipment and tools in wet areas because the risk of electrocution is significantly increased. Equipment that was exposed to the elements must be inspected by an electrician before being turned on again.
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