Are you an electrician, a roofer, a carpenter, a painter or a construction worker?
If so, the bad new is that you work among one of the five occupations most likely to die from electrocution.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Increasing awareness, better training and good safety measures have lowered the number of electrical deaths among workers over the past several decades.
Whether you’re new at the construction game or fairly experienced, it’s important to keep a few electrical safety measures in mind while on the job:
— Wear protective equipment when handling electrical items, including high-voltage construction equipment. This includes not only gloves and eye wear, but safety boots with rubber soles.
— Make sure the your employer is giving new employees appropriate training on electrical safety. If you’re a new employee, don’t handle something electrical until you are completely sure you know what you are doing. Stop and insist on proper instruction.
— When working with welding equipment, make certain that power tool cords are protected from sparks that can burn through their outer coating and leave the inner wires exposed.
— Make certain that you know where the right fire extinguishers are located in case of an electrical fire. There are five basic types of extinguishers available and every construction site should have several. If you are working with electricity, you need to know where the “Type C” extinguishers are located — those are the only ones that work on electrical fires.
— Be cautious around temporary electrical service devices, like outside generators. These are often used until the building under construction has its own electrical system or when buildings being rehabbed have to have power interrupted for a while. External devices can overload more easily than permanent ones — make sure that someone is assigned to regularly watch the one on your site to see that it isn’t running “hot” or starting to overload.
If you are injured in an electrical accident at a construction site, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries — no matter who was at fault for the accident. An attorney can help you learn more about your legal options and how you should proceed.
Source: www.esfi.org, “Workplace Injury & Fatality Statistics,” accessed June 26, 2017