If you aren’t careful with electricity, the results could be shocking. Over the past ten years, electrical hazards have injured more than 45,000 workers – some of them fatally. These incidents happen over a variety of injuries, but most of them can easily be avoided.
Here are some recommendations from OSHA for avoiding electrical shocks on the job:
- Assume that all wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never think that a wire is safe to touch, even if it appears to be down or insulated.
- Contact your local utility company to report a fallen electrical line. Never attempt to touch it yourself.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead wires at all times.
- If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle, stay inside and continue to drive away from the line.
- Do not, under any circumstance, get out of the car.
- Never operate electrical equipment if you are standing in water.
- Do not attempt to repair electrical cords unless you are qualified.
- If a piece of electrical equipment gets wet, have it professionally inspected before turning it on.
- Bottom line, always use caution when working around electricity.
No matter how hard we try to avoid electrical hazards, accidents happen – and many times they are not our fault. If your employer’s negligence led to your on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation or a third-party claim. The personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices will review your case and do everything in our power to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injury. We will even visit you at home or in the hospital while you recover.