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How to minimize the risk of workplace electrical accidents

Workers always have risks in their environments, whether they work in an office or on a construction site. Of course, some professions carry more risks than others. Many employees who work directly with electricity, in particular, are subject to higher risks.

Electrical injuries in the workplace can occur in many different ways. Understanding how electrical injuries occur can help you avoid them. The following are some things you can do to minimize the risk of workplace electrical accidents.

Make sure all electrical equipment is safe

All electrical conductors and equipment in the workplace must be tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and it should also be deemed acceptable by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Make sure that all electricity is guarded

Guarding electrical equipment means protecting people from coming into direct contact with it. You can guard electrical equipment by sealing wires and placing equipment that is 50 volts or more in a place that is only accessible by qualified people.

Engage in safe work practices

Make sure that safe work practices are implemented. This may be your responsibility or your employer's. Also, exercise caution when working near energized lines, use adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and make sure that all electrical tools are properly maintained.

If you suffer an electrical injury when engaging in work-related activities, you should be able to access workers' compensation benefits. Make sure that you take swift action so that you are able to seek the compensation that you deserve. Keep in mind that you have the obligation to timely notify your employer of any on-the-job injuries or accidents.

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