Electrical shock accidents and injuries have become more and more prevalent in the recent years. As we become highly dependent on electricity and machines for work and producing commodities, electric shock injuries and accidents have become commonplace. However, that does not mean it cannot be prevented. Here are 6 different ways on how electric shock injuries and accidents can be prevented at work.
No amount of reminder or precautions will save lives if the people and employees themselves are not safety conscious. It is important and a challenge for employers to increase safety awareness and consciousness of their employees to prevent them from electrocution at work. Practice safety precautions at all times and always encourage employees to do the same. Stay focused and avoid hurrying when working with electricity as hurrying may increase chances of electrocution due to carelessness.
Turn All Power Off
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance of heavy equipment, make sure that all power sources and switches are turned off. Actually, all devices that need electricity to operate must be turned off when not in use or if doing some maintenance procedures. This is the very first step that we all should do when cleaning, maintaining, and not using any electrical devices.
Test Using a Circuit
Upon switching units or systems off, it is still helpful to test it with a circuit to make sure that it is indeed turned off. Oftentimes, electrical shock injuries and accidents happen accidentally even if the system or unit has already been claimed to be off. Test them first before concluding that it is indeed turned off.
Stay Away from Aluminum Ladders
When dealing with electric circuits or wires, the use of ladders are often a must. Don’t use aluminum ladders and stay away from them as much as possible as they are good conductors that will easily transmit electricity. A ladder made of fiberglass that is insulated is the best choice to protect you as it does not conduct electricity.
Avoid Wet Areas
It is also very important that you stay away from wet surfaces or areas when dealing with electricity. Handle all electrical devices on dry areas only. Water is also a good conductor of electricity increasing chances of electrocution. If dealing with electricity in such areas is inevitable, make sure to use rubber gloves and boots to decrease the intensity of the shock. Also, all electrical appliances as well as tools to be used on wet areas must be plugged only to a GFCI outlet or use a GFCI extension cord to prevent electrocution. Furthermore, don’t forget to keep your hands dry when plugging or unplugging cords.
All workplaces should have ample warning signs. If handling circuits or panels, there should be warning signs visible to all employees. This will prevent them from turning the circuit on while you are still working on the circuit or panel.
These six tips will help prevent electrocution in the workplace. If you are an employer, make sure to perform all these as these tips can definitely help save the lives of your employees who handle electricity all the time.