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
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.