Preventing Electrical Accidents in the Workplace
Avoid Electrical Accidents in the Workplace With These Safety Tips
Preventing electrical accidents in the workplace may seem like a no-brainer, but electrical hazards are not always obvious to spot. In fact, in the United States one of the most common causes of injury, and even death, at the workplace is electrocution. Additionally, workers can be burned by electrical fires or fall from great heights after being shocked. Whether you work in an office, a warehouse, a retail store, or an industrial setting, these tips will help you avoid electrical accidents in the workplace.
- Use clearly labeled signs to alert staff that they should steer clear of an area while electrical work is being done.
- Use heavy duty electrical tape to secure wires and extension cords into place. Never nail or staple wires in place.
- Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Even when using a surge protector, make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit.
- When unplugging any piece of equipment, pull from the plug itself. Never yank the cord from a distance.
- Be aware of the warning signs of a damaged outlet. If you come across an outlet that’s hot to the touch, emits a funny-smelling odor, or is discolored, then call in an electrician for repairs.
- Never touch anything electrical if your hands are wet or you are standing in water.
- Always wear proper protective clothing and use insulated tools when around electrical hazards.
- Use non-conductive ladders when working near electricity at large heights.
- Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Never use a cord that shows signs of damage and never use any piece of equipment that has a damaged electrical cord.
- Make sure that all electrical equipment is properly grounded.
- Make sure to have an electrician install GFCI outlets in kitchens, bathrooms, and any area that is close to running water.
- Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets, or across doorways.
- Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire.
- If you find yourself relying heavily on extension cords and power strips, then consider having an electrician install additional outlets where needed.
- Never attempt to repair or install anything electrical, no matter how simple it seems. Always call in a licensed electrician.
- Hire a licensed electrician to complete an electrical safety inspection at your workplace. An electrician will be able to identify and repair hazards that may seem harmless to the untrained eye.
- Make sure all of your employees are aware of these tips.
With a bit of foresight and preparation, avoiding electrical accidents in the workplace is possible. If you would like to ensure that your workplace is free from electrical hazards, call Apollo Electric. Apollo’s team of professional and friendly contractors will come to your home or office and help identify and repair any electrical issues. They are also available for emergency repairs. Apollo Electric has been providing the five boroughs of New York City with exceptional electrical services since 1995. Contact Apollo Electric today.