Prevent electrocutions

September 1, 2011

Electrical hazards cause more than 300 electrocutions and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, according to the Rosslyn, VA-based Electrical Safety Foundation International. Many of these incidents could have been avoided with increased awareness about electricity, according to the organization.

ESFI recommends the following guidelines:

  • Be sure you are properly trained and qualified for the job.
  • Plan every job in advance and consider what could go wrong.
  • Identify electrical shock and arc flash hazards before beginning work.
  • Always use proper tools for the job.
  • Isolate all equipment from energy sources.
  • Test every circuit and conductor every time before working on it.
  • Do not work on electrical equipment and conductors until they have been de-energized.
    Treat de-energized equipment and conductors as energized until lockout/tagout, test and grounding procedures are implemented.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and use insulated tools for tasks with possible electrical hazards.