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What are some workplace electrocution hazards?

April 29, 2016

As an employee in Kentucky, you have the right to work in a safe environment where you do not feel fearful for your physical well-being. However, workplace accidents can still occur, and some of them can be quite severe. We at Gary C. Johnson understand that you wish to be as knowledgeable as possible regarding all potential workplace hazards, including electrocution.

While electrocution is not quite as common as other types of workplace injuries, it is still an issue that many employees such as yourself may someday have to deal with. There are a number of things responsible for these accidents, and nearly all of them are preventable. For example, improper maintenance of wiring is a major cause of electrocution. This can include wires that are exposed when they should be hidden, or improper insulation surrounding pieces of wiring.

Other dangers can come from inadequate preparation or defective parts. If wiring is not maintained properly, installed incorrectly, or fixed with improper parts, then the chances of someone being electrocuted greatly rises. You and your fellow employees should also be trained properly regarding how to handle electrical appliances that might cause injury. Products or tools should also be labeled appropriately if they can cause electrocution. Any power lines should be marked clearly or hidden away so that there is no chance someone may touch them. Otherwise, all of these things may potentially be electrocution hazards.

If you would like to read more about the potentially harmful items at your workplace that may cause electrocution and what you can do to minimize those chances, please visit our web page.