When working in an office environment, we are often surrounded by myriad electrical objects, from desktop computers to photocopiers, and everything in between. With so much electricity being used, there is often a high risk of electrical fires leading to accidents at work of varying severity.
Employers should take steps to minimise the chance of fires occurring. That being said, it is sometimes down to the individual employee to deal with electrical fires, to stop them spreading and prevent occupational injury. So just how do you deal with electrical fires?
How to extinguish electrical fires
One of the most important things to remember when faced with electrical fires is that you cannot extinguish it with water. Water is a conductor of electricity, and so for this type of fire you must use other types of fire retardants.
Electrical fires can sometimes be extinguished by simply unplugging the item and switching it off at the fuse box. Only attempt this method of dealing with electrical fires if it is safe to do so. Alternatively, smother the fire with a Type C fire extinguisher or fire blanket.
Call 999 and ask for the fire service.
Electrical fires at work
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment for their employees.
In most cases, employers who have undertaken a thorough workplace assessment can prevent electrical fires. This is achieved through identifying hazards and, thereafter, taking steps to rectify any issues.
Employer liability for electrical fires
When you are at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. If you have been injured in an electrical fire through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer is to blame, you could claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
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No matter the nature of your accident at work, if you believe that you have a genuine case to claim, Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Your case will be assigned to one of our specialist solicitors, one that it most suited to your claim.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice