Electrocution

It’s not just the electrician’s on site that have to worry about electrical shock, everyone needs to take precautions to make sure they don’t get electrocuted. There could be any number of electrical hazards on site, so make sure to follow these tips to keep your hair on your head.

Always do your pre-work inspections, check your cords, power bars and work area for any electrical hazards. Repair any damaged tools or tag them out of service. Take precautions for live circuits with everything. Always use LOTO (lock out, tag out) while working on anything electrical. Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), this is the plugin with the “test” button and “reset” button. They have added protection against electronic shock. Also never wear jewelry on the job, metal is the best conductor of electricity. Make sure to stay dry, change your gloves frequently if needed. Keep all tools and equipment dry. Always use a “C” class fire extinguisher on electrical fires. In the case of someone being electrocuted, always try and disconnect the circuit first or remove the victim with a non conductive object like a broom handle or dry rags. Call for emergency crew and start first aid.

The electrical hazards on site are way more dangerous than just sticking your finger in a socket (which is no fun either… Yeah I was “that kid”). They can cause serious damage or even death. Make sure you take the proper precautions.

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