18 Dec Electrical Hazards In Industries And How To Prevent It
Industrial work is to a certain extent known for its risk for injury. However, it’s still not something people often put to consideration while working in environments that risk so much injury in such a substantial way. There are numerous ways injuries can happen when doing industrial work.
The most common cause is due to electricity. Electrical hazards may cause many workplace fatalities and injuries that may result to normal workplace schedules being disrupted. . Electrocution is one of the major cause of workplace deaths in many industries in the world.
Electrical injuries may happen in various ways, such as when a worker comes into contact with an exposed electric conductor or part of an electric circuit. This may cause heart problems, muscle spasms, and loss of breath. An injury may also occur if electricity is passed from a conductor or circuit through a gas and into a grounded worker. This nature of injury is more severe and can often lead to death. In addition, workers can be burned by electrical fires or fall from heights after being shocked.
Electrical hazards can be avoided at the workplace. The tips below may help to keep electrical injuries from occurring in industries.
- Hire only qualified and licensed electricians to install, repair and dismantle worksite wiring; this way, everything will be done following the electrical safety codes. The workers using wiring to power tool and equipment will be protected. Hiring professional electricians may prevent injuries that may arise after hiring less qualified individuals.
- Always plug into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter; a GFCI protection is a requirement at every plug-in point associated with an industry’s temporary electrical supply-right down to the extension cords. It is important to ensure that only GFCI receptacles are installed. In case additional grounding needs come up, extra GFCIs kept on hand may come in handy. It’s important to reserve some GFCI’s in this case.
- Scrutinize each extension cord before use; ensure that the insulation is completely intact, it should be free from cracks, tears and abrasion. The power extension cables should not be knotted. This may cause conductor damage and increase the threat of fire.
- Thoroughly check for electrical wiring before cutting through any floor, wall or ceiling; in case of electrical wires existing in a building, a worker cutting through the wall, floor or ceiling is likely to make contact with the unseen electrical line with his tool, and get shocked or electrocuted. Sizing up the situation before getting started may reduce risk to injury.
- Inspect power tools regularly; inspect power tools regularly in order to detect any signs of wear and tear and organize for repair if that is the case.
- Check insulated apparatus for destruction before use; tools that have damaged insulation are no longer safe to use. They should be destroyed and replaced right away.
- Do not attempt to modify electrical plugs; an attempt to modify electrical plugs to fit into a socket only increases risks of shock, electrocution and fire. Have a certified electrician do the job.
- Store extension cords safely in a place where they will not be stepped on or driven over; the force of a vehicle or repeatedly treading over by pedestrians may cause extension cord’s conductor to break, resulting into a fire.
- Keep all electrical components dry; never mix electricity with water. The consequences may be fatal. Power tools storage should be above water level when not in use.
- Use the correct extension cord for the job; before plugging in, ensure that the wattage rating of the extension cord you are using is greater than the pull. Using an extension cord with a lower wattage than the pull may cause the conductor to strain and may result in a fire.
Observance to these basic safety tips will help avoid serious – or even life-threatening – injuries while working with electrical equipment in industries.