Life-Saving Tips to Prevent Industrial Electrical Injuries

Vania Silva
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Every 30 minutes throughout the duration of the work day, an employee is hurt so severely from electricity that time off from work for recovery is essential. Recovery from electrical burns and shock is both excruciating and slow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies electricity as an ongoing serious workplace hazard. According to OSHA, its electrical principles are intended to protect workers vulnerable to hazards causing electrocutions, electric shock, fires and even explosions.

Nearly 3 million professionals partake in daily job activities where lockout/tagout procedures ought to be used. However, too many individuals still put themselves needlessly at risk by functioning energized or neglecting to properly comply with their company’s lockout/tagout procedures. Failure to follow lockout/tagout standards is listed as one of the top OSHA violations year after year.

Matter of fact, two other electrical-related violations are so common, they also reappear year after year, always making it on the top 10 OSHA violations list: electrical-wiring methods and general electrical requirements.

There are four principal injuries that can arise as a result of electricity-related industrial accidents: electrocution (which is deadly), electric shock, burns, and falls (caused as a result of coming in contact with electrical energy).

Whether working at a large manufacturing company or on a small DIY project, there are several guidelines that ought to serve as a helpful reminder of fundamental electrical safety practices.

It is always imperative to be certain that a worker is adequately trained and qualified for a job. Not understanding the job conditions and hazards can lead to potentially fatal accidents. Even adequately qualified employees are vulnerable to accidents. That’s why it’s vital to make safety a priority for every single job, no matter how big or small.

Some important safety tips to help avoid injuries include:

Following these basic safety tips will help avoid grave – or even life-threatening – injuries while working with electrical equipment.

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