According to Business and Legal Reports (BLR), one person is electrocuted in the workplace every day.
Each year, 3600 workers suffer disabling electrical injuries and 2000 workers are sent to burn units with electrical injuries. The electrical hazards in the workplace include shocks, arc flashes and arc blasts. Shock injuries usually involve the hands. Workers should not rely solely on V-rated tools to protect their hands. They need personal protective equipment as well. Arc flash accidents are life-altering events. They can cause third degree burns and victims may required skin grafts and amputations. Hearing loss may also occur.
BLR suggests an effective safety program implemented by employers should include the following basic components, among other things;
- Identify and recognize hazards,
- De-energize equipment before electrical work,
- Provide awareness training for unqualified workers, and
- Provide protective schemes and training for qualified workers, and
- Document procedures in writing.
BLR further recommends that an employer must consider OSHA regulations when establishing such a safety program.
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