On The Job Safety Tips
DON’T BE SHOCKED…!
We thought the following tips for safety on the job might be helpful.
The Two Basic Tips for an Electrical Shock Incident
Grounding is extremely important when working with electrical equipment, cables, and conductors. It prevents electricity from coming into contact with you and making you part of an electrical circuit.
Electrical shockoccurs when a person becomes part of a circuit and the current flows through the body. The severity of this type of injury is gauged by three factors:
- The amount of current passing through the victim’s body
- The route the current takes through the body
- The length of exposure -the longer the current flows through the body, the more severe the injury and the greater the potential for death. (Injuries can include difficulty breathing, first, second, and third degree burns, internal bleeding, nerve, muscle, and tissue damage, and cardiac arrest).
If an electrical shock incident occurs, know how to respond.
- Have someone call 911
- Use a wooden or plastic, nonconductive item to remove the victim from contact with the shock source. Touching the victim – could cause you to become part of the circuit yourself.
- If possible, turn off the source of the current.
- Determine if the victim is breathing and check for a pulse. Begin CPR if you are properly trained.
- Keep the victim lying down.
- Do not move the victim unless you need to get to a safe zone.
When help arrives, be able to provide the medical professional with as much detail about the incident as possible. eg. Duration of the victim’s exposure etc.
Prevention is the best policy
- Never take short cuts when working around live electrical equipment.
- The circuit should be properly grounded. Don’t assume circuits have been properly de-energized. Find out first!
- Use personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves and boots.
- Keep yourself and your work area dry.
- Avoid using extension cords. If you must use them, make sure the ground prong is intact.
- Don’t wear metal jewelry or jackets with exposed metal zippers.
- Have an emergency response plan in place.