If ignored, the likelihood of an injury caused by electrical faults will significantly increase and could result in costly compensation pay outs. In this article, we will discuss the most common electrical hazards that can be found in the workplace, and how you can avoid injuries caused by electrical faults.
Injuries from the above list will typically result in electric shocks or burns, however there is still a risk that faults could lead to fatal injuries; therefore, each hazard should be carefully addressed.
To reduce the probability of danger from electrical faults, a risk assessment must be conducted to consider all possible electrical hazards. Specifically, the assessment should focus on the following three questions:
During the assessment, it is also essential to consider whether the electrical equipment in your workplace is fit for purpose and only being used for its intended purpose. Fuses, circuit-breakers and other devices vulnerable to becoming live in wet surroundings should also be correctly rated for the circuit they protect.
Neglecting electrical equipment is against the law according to the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), therefore employers must take responsibility for ensuring their work premises is safe for employees to use. In addition to ensuring employees are aware of any electrical hazards, an employer must use a competent person to conduct regular inspections of electrical installations in the workplace.
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