No matter what industry you are involved in, you are exposed to electricity on a regular basis. Whether you work with electrical wires hands on or from a distance, it is important to understand the dangers they bring. You don’t want to expose your employees to injuries or accidents that could have been avoided. With a little preparation and safety training, you can prevent mishaps from occurring on site.
It is important to be educated on how to use electrical systems properly because if handled in the wrong way, serious injury or even death could result. To handle electricity safely, understand how it works, what hazards it presents, and how those hazards can be controlled. The following are common electrical hazards that may occur if proper precautions are not taken:
• Shock normally happens when an individual comes into contact with both wires in an energized. The effect of an electrical shock on the body can range from a slight tingling sensation to immediate cardiac arrest.
• An electrical accident can result in an electrical burn, arc burn, thermal contact burn, or a combination of burns. They occur when electric current flows through tissues or bone, generating heat that causes tissue damage. These burns should be treated promptly.
• Sometimes an electrical shock will cause the muscles to contract or freeze, causing the victim to be unable to pull free of the circuit.
To avoid such injuries, make sure your equipment is installed properly, that the working environment is safe, and that work practices are up to code. At Nahai Insurance Services, we want to make sure none of these types of injuries happen on your property. The most important steps to take are making sure every worker is thoroughly trained on electrical equipment and safety procedures. This will ensure that your business will remain in working order, even when the power goes out!