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Recognizing National Electrical Safety Month

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-May-2015

Each May is designated as National Electrical Safety Month in the United States. Electrical products and equipment can be found on many industrial jobsites. While they are vital tools for workers, they are also dangerous if used improperly. Each year, more than 3,500 workers are injured and over 300 are killed in electrical accidents. Most electrical accidents can be prevented through proper training and by following standard safety guidelines.

Tips for Preventing Electrical Accidents & Injuries

Below are some tips for preventing electrical accidents and injuries.

  • Wear protective clothing. Any time that you are working with electrical products, make sure that you are wearing proper clothing. Depending on the task at hand, this could include hard hats, gloves, rubber shoes or boots, safety goggles, or flame-resistant clothing. Proper protective gear not only helps prevent accidents, but can also reduce the severity of an injury if an accident does occur.
  • Never touch exposed electrical wiring. You should always operate on the assumption that any exposed wire is charged with a lethal voltage. If you see exposed wiring, you should report it immediately so that a professional electrician can address the problem.
  • Identify all electrical hazards. Any electrical hazard on the jobsite should be clearly marked with warning signs so that workers are aware of the risk.
  • Train employees. All employees should be thoroughly trained about electrical hazards on the jobsite and how to avoid accidents. Employees should be trained on how to use the appropriate tools for any electrical job.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or circuits. Overloading electrical outlets is one of the leading causes of fires. Make sure that the outlet you are using is equipped to handle the voltage.

Consult with an Electrical Injury Attorney

If you have been involved in an electrical accident, you should consult with an attorney about your legal rights. If another party was wholly or partially responsible for your injury, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact the electrical injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin for a free case evaluation.

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