Electricity-related injures occur to more than 4,000 workers every day in the United States and frequently these injuries can result in death.
In observance of Electrical Safety month in May, TPC has outlined some facts about the dangers of working with electricity:
Three most cited instances of electrical fatalities are:
- Contact with overhead power lines.
- Contact with wiring, transformers, or other electrical components.
- Contact with electric current of machine, tool, appliance, or light fixture.
Highest electrical fatalities by common industry:
- 52% – Construction
- 13% – Professional and Business services
- 11% – Trade, transportation, and utilities
- 9% – Natural resources and mining
- 8% – Manufacturing
- 6% – Other
Protecting your workers from electrical shock stems from proper training of those working with and around electrical components and tools. It is very important that every employee is properly trained and qualified to perform the duties of their job.
Along with the proper training, follow these general rules to remain safe while working with electricity:
– Identify the electric shock and arc flash hazards, as well as others that may be present.
– Use the correct tools necessary for the job.
– Isolate equipment from energy sources.
– Test all circuits and every conductor before coming into contact with it.
– Perform work on electrical equipment and conductors only when de-energized.
– Use Lock out/tag out procedures and ground before working on electrical equipment.
– Treat de-energized electrical equipment and conductors as if they were energized until lockout/tag out, test, and ground procedures are performed.
– Wear necessary protective clothing and equipment and work using insulated tools in areas where there are possible electrical hazards.
For more information on electrical safety training for your workforce, contact a TPC Training Solutions Consultant.