Active or existing office sites or workplaces are prone to electrical hazards. Things like hay-sized-extension cords and partially-installed wiring systems put you and the rest of your team at considerable risk. In fact, these hazards are so prominent that they’ve managed to make it in the OSHA’s top 10 safety violations list twice.
According to statistics between 1980-1992, over 5,000 workers were electrocuted fatally at their job sites, and 40% of those belonged to the construction industry. While not every incident of electrocution is fatal, it does lead to serious long-term complications including serious burns, followed by other risks of permanent nerve damage, neurological disorders, and infection.
So in order to prevent such a catastrophic hazard or at the very least minimize it, get yourself and your team to follow the safety measures given below:
1. Only Use Equipment That’s Approved
When working around electrical components, it is best to only use the proper equipment in order to prevent contact. For this reason, it is imperative to use tools that are insulated to protect you from the flow of electricity if in case you do come in contact with a live wire.
If you’re not qualified or confident enough to pull this off, you can always call in the professionals as they know the proper tools and equipment for such an incident.
2. Keep Away From Accidental Contacts
Usually, employees are always busy working with different people at workplaces from one department to another. But this could pose a problem with electrical wires running around office rooms, especially live ones. So to keep yourself from touching those wires by mistake, use these two precautions to your advantage:
- Shut down electrical systems: If there is no one currently making use of an electrical system, it shouldn’t be left on then. So keep it powered off until someone has a proper use for it.
- Use insulated protection: Another way to prevent touching naked wires is to install insulated material around them, such as conduit or rubber mats. If that doesn’t avert the problem, then put up signs to notify other workers of those live wires.
3. Use Proper Protective Equipment
In case of an electrical hazard, have you and your crew use the appropriate apparel and gear to protect yourself from potential injuries. Be sure to wear head protection gear that is insulated and approved to prevent contact with overhead wires.
Wear proper eye and face protection to reduce possible injuries from arc blasts, with insulated hand protection equipment to avoid current from flowing through in case contact with exposed electrical equipment is made.
Note: Prepare a list of every possible emergency contact information for your employees, and be sure to have first aid supplies available to treat minor injuries in case something happens.
4. Find Out What Causes an Electric Arc
An electric arc is a phenomenon that occurs when an electrical pathway has been disrupted and the current discharges violently through the air to the nearest conductor. When you see this, keep your distance because electrical discharges can be dangerously fatal or could cause serious injuries. An average job without prior experience can’t take care of this issue, so it is best to call a professional electrician to do it instead.
Looking out for your safety is exactly what Glendale Plumbing & Fire Supply is all about. We provide you with a vast range of the latest and safest protective apparel and safety products that will reduce electrical catastrophic incidents or dangers at your workplace.