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Preventing electrical injuries on the job site

Although anyone in Pennsylvania could suffer an electrical burn, you may be in more danger if you work in the construction industry. While contact with electricity could be as mild as a shock from static build-up, it could also cause serious external burns and internal injuries, as well. At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., we understand the many ways that workers should be protected from electrical hazards on the job site.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one of the ways that your employer should create a safe environment is through an electrical hazard control program run by an expert in OSHA electricity and electrical work practice standards. You should receive general training in working with electricity as well as the training specific to your job duties. Some safe work practices include:

  •          Wearing personal protective equipment such as insulating gloves, protective helmets and sleeves
  •          Inspecting and maintaining power tools
  •          Making sure electric equipment is de-energized before inspecting or repairing it
  •          Staying a safe distance from energized parts and lines
  •          Using correct lockout/tagout procedures before working on electrical equipment

You should only have access to exposed parts that operate at 50 volts or more if you are qualified to do so. There should be guarding that identifies the equipment or encloses it so that unauthorized employees and others are not able to come in contact with the components that are live. Insulation should also be used that withstands outside conditions such as fumes, corrosive substances or moisture and is appropriate for the voltage of the electrical current. Your job site should also employ grounding to prevent a voltage build-up. More information about electrical hazards on construction sites is available on our web page.

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