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Improving electrical safety in the workplace

Several reasons for electrical accidents at companies in Minnesota and across the U.S. can help people understand how to keep safe and improve safety measures. While most workplaces enforce general rules to reduce accidents, almost every workplace uses electricity to remain operational. An employee with electrical experience can help with a company safety program and ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements. The company will need to check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly. Areas of focus to check include necessary updates, proper grounding, and any damaged equipment that needs to be repaired.

Potential environmental problems need to be watched closely in order to prevent accidents. Explosive substances, corroded wires and the presence of water should all be checked. Employees should have appropriate safety gear, such as goggles, face protection, gloves and appropriate shoes. No jewelry or other products that could conduct electricity should be worn. Workers should receive training so they understand proper safety rules related to electrical products.

Despite the best efforts of a company, an accident is always possible. In the event of an adverse electrical event, the power source should be deactivated. Electrical panels should be easily accessible if there is an emergency. The area should be cleared and contact with the injured person should be avoided until the power is shut off. All safety procedures should be followed. By following these basic safety procedures, a company can minimize the likelihood of an electrical accident.

Someone who is injured in an electrical accident while on the job could be entitled to workers' compensation regardless of whether the employer had failed to follow these precautions. A workers' compensation attorney can determine whether a client is eligible for benefits that could include reimbursement of medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: , "Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety", Christina Chatfield, April 07, 2014

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