Working with electricity is a task that should not be taken lightly. If proper safety measures are not taken, workers who deal with wiring and electricity can be seriously or fatally injured.
Careers that often deal with electricity include electricians, engineers, construction workers, maintenance workers, and others. The most common and most dangerous injuries associated with electrical work are shock, burns, and electrocution. Here are some tips you and your coworkers can use to make sure you remain safe on the job.
Inspect Your Equipment
Always inspect your equipment before you use it. This includes extension cords, power strips, electrical fittings, and anything else you may use on the job. DO NOT use anything that has been damaged until it has been replaced or repaired.
If you have NOT been properly trained in working with electricity, you shouldn’t be working with it. When it comes to dealing with wires, there is no room for guess work. One wrong move can easily lead to death. Before working with any kind of electricity, make sure you understand the way everything works and which wires are safe to touch.
Know the Area
If you are working in an area you are unfamiliar with, make sure you have an up-to-date map. Keep your eyes open for signs that signify the location of cables and other hazards. If you are required to work near electrical wiring, it is preferred that you make sure that the power is turned off and also make sure that this power cannot be turned back on without your permission. Also, be sure to use signs and markings of your own. This will keep you, your coworkers, and any pedestrians from getting injured.
For more information about working with electricity, check out this guide from OSHA. And remember, if you have been injured on the job as a result of an electrical accident and live in the Harrisburg, Pottsville, or Allentown area, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE evaluation at (717) 234-2402.