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Reducing Electrical Injury in the Workplace

Julie Copeland

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - For the last decade, electrical injury has been responsible for an average of 320 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries including days away Electrical Safetyfrom work annually in the U.S.

Here are some quick tips to keep your employees safe from electrical injury or death.

  • Identify all possible energy sources that could pose workplace hazards;
  • Before working on or around electrical systems or equipment, identify the load circuits and disconnect; 
  • Select the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Never assume that the equipment or system is de-energized.  Remember to always test before you touch;
  • Use lock-out/tag-out procedures;
  • Make sure your test equipment is working properly both before and after you use it;
  • If at any time the job becomes more hazardous than you had anticipated, stop and revise the plans;

Note:  The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) requires that all “non-qualified” employees who may reasonably be expected to face risk of workplace injury due to electric shock or other electrical hazards receive training in Electrical Safety.  Awareness level training must include looking for safety hazards of working around electricity, the importance of practicing safe work habits, how to prevent electrical injuries and electrical hazards, electrical emergencies, and the proper use of portable electrical equipment such as appliances and tools, extension cords, and ground fault circuit interrupters.

Arbill offers the perfect personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep your employees safe everyday  and we also offer customized training tailored specifically to the needs of your workers and your workplace.  Contact your Arbill representative today to schedule your Electrical Awareness training as your first step to keeping your employees safe.  If you don’t want to miss out on future relevant safety information, click here to subscribe to our Safety Blog.


Topics: Arbill, safety training, electrical safety, electrical hazards, workplace hazards, workplace injuries

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