What are the Top Electrical Hazards in the Workplace?
Construction, manufacturing, and utility jobs are some of the leading industries in electrical accidents each year. It is estimated that about 9% of injury related deaths on construction sites are the result of electrocution and there are numerous electrical hazards construction workers are exposed to on a regular basis.
“According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 12 workplace injury fatalities every day in the U.S. Unfortunately, electrical accidents cause numerous injuries and even result in many deaths every year.”
The top electrical hazards in the workplace include exposed parts and electrical wires, damaged insulation, overhead power lines, improper use of equipment, wet conditions, and a power supply that is not grounded. Electrical hazards can have a variety of consequences, ranging from electrocution and shocks, to fires and even explosions. The outcomes of these hazards can be detrimental, often causing long-term complications for the worker if they survive the incident.
“In 2019, there were 166 electrical fatalities in the United States, with 8% of all electrical injuries fatal. The highest electrical fatality rate was in the construction industry, with utility workplaces the second highest.”
Even if a worker thinks they’re working safely, accidents do happen. There are steps that employers can take to minimize these risks – such as safety training, personal protective equipment, and regular inspections of both the equipment and job site.
See the full article here for more details on the common electrical hazards in the workplace.
OSHA Requirements for Electrical Equipment Inspection
Q: How often should electrical equipment be inspected?
That is determined by federal OSHA requirements for worker safety. Additional inspections may be required by local public safety, building, and fire regulations. While OSHA doesn’t have a specific rule as to how often electrical equipment must be inspected, they do follow the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) and use that as their guide while inspecting workplace violations. The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), Guide on Electrical Inspections (NFPA 78), Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E), and National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI C2) all have specific electrical systems and equipment inspection procedures. In addition to those procedures, OSHA also requires that all instruments, equipment, and associated leads, power cords, cables, probes, and connectors are visually inspected for external damage prior to each use.
Read more from the full article here on the OSHA requirements for electrical equipment inspections
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