Any time utility work is happening at a construction site, there is a risk of electrical accidents and electrocution. It is therefore important to engage in all the proper safety protocols to reduce this risk and keep the job site safe for all workers.
Part of creating a construction site safe from electrical accidents is understanding the most prevalent risk factors. The most common causes of electrocution accidents at job sites include:
- Unsafe equipment: All electrical equipment must be considered “acceptable” by OSHA, and marked as tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). OSHA inspectors will look for such markings on all equipment used to deem it safe. The equipment must be properly installed and used within its designated capacity to avoid overheating or overloading it.
- Unsafe work practices: By staying safe at the job site you can avoid a lot of potential accidents. Safe work practice include maintaining all tools, using appropriate caution when near energized lines, always wearing personal protective equipment and de-energizing electrical equipment before repairs or inspections. In addition, only qualified electricians should handle electrical jobs at construction sites.
- Unsafe environment: In some cases, environmental factors can cause electrocution accidents. For example, a lack of a grounding system could make for a dangerous environment. Properly designed grounding systems develop a low-resistance path to carry energy away from workers and significantly reduce the risk of an accident, so long as you maintain safe work practices as well.
For more information about the most common causes of electrocution accidents and the steps you should take if you have been a victim at a job site, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.