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  • Writer's pictureFahad Gohar

Electrical Safety for Employees

Recognizing Hazards

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires, and explosions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, 134 workers died from electrocutions

The first step toward protecting yourself is recognizing the many hazards you face on the job:

  • Inadequate wiring is dangerous.

  • Exposed electrical parts are dangerous.

  • Overhead power lines are dangerous.

  • Wires with bad insulation can shock you

  • Electrical systems and tools that are not grounded or double-insulated are dangerous.

  • Overloaded circuits are dangerous.

  • Damaged power tools and equipment are electrical hazards.

  • Using the wrong PPE is dangerous.

  • Using the wrong tool is dangerous.

  • Some on-site chemicals are harmful.

  • Defective ladders and scaffolding are dangerous.

  • Ladders that conduct electricity are dangerous.

  • Electrical hazards can be made worse if the worker, location, or equipment is wet.


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