People work around electricity on a daily basis without thinking too much about the dangers of being around electrical currents. However, people in certain positions are at risk of coming into contact with high voltage currents.
Knowing the proper way to handle these currents is important. Around 1,000 people die each year in this country from being shocked. When a person doesn’t die, they can face serious life impacts.
Having the proper safety equipment and protocol are critical to remaining safe. Employers must ensure they’re giving workers what they need to work around electrical currents.
Never overuse extension cords
Overloaded extension cords can spark and catch on fire. These cords are important for many industries, including the construction industry. If you’re using an extension cord, be sure it’s rated for the appropriate wattage and conditions. For example, never use a light-duty indoor extension cord for a high-powered piece of construction equipment that’s being used outside.
Check cords on tools and equipment
All cords must be in good condition. Any cord that’s frayed or damaged must not be used. These should be discarded immediately. While some people might be tempted to use electrical tape to mend the worn area, this isn’t a good idea.
Know where the power lines are located
Many people work around power lines. Know where these are located and stay away from them. Things that can conduct electricity may come into contact with the lines, which could lead to anyone touching the item being shocked.
Workers who suffer from shocks at work can face serious injuries. Workers’ compensation can cover the expenses for that medical care, and it may provide other benefits. While claims are supposed to be fairly quick and easy, that’s not always the case, so take every necessary step to preserve your legal options.