Electrical injuries can be devastating and life-changing and this is why proper maintenance and routine testing are highly recommended. Whether you’re eager to avoid accidents at work or you’re want to ensure that your home is safe, here are some pointers to help you avoid electrical accidents and keep power points under control.
Maintenance and testing
All electrical equipment should be tested on a regular basis to ensure it meets safety standards. Check the condition of your electrical appliances frequently and avoid using anything which has exposed wires; either replace or repair these items, as they carry a risk of injury. If you’re at work and you use electrical equipment and you notice signs of wear or damage, report this to your supervisor to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries.
Take care with plugs
When using plugs, avoid pulling anything out by the cord and make sure you hold the plug; don’t use electrical equipment in the rain and only use appliances which are specifically designed for use in a bathroom, such as electric toothbrushes and shavers, in this area of the house. Switch off power points when you are not using them and do not use sockets which show signs of damage. If you think an appliance or a power point may be dangerous, contact an electrician and do not use it until it has been tested or repaired.
Seek professional advice
Dealing with electrics is a complex business, so don’t attempt to carry out repairs yourself, unless you have the relevant training. Always make sure the mains power is switched off before repairs are made. Always make sure you buy products which come with a guarantee and report any issues to the manufacturer as quickly as possible if a product is faulty.
Claiming compensation for an electrical injury
If you suffer an injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence in your home or at work, you may be able to claim work injury compensation or personal injury compensation. To discuss the details of your no-win no-fee* claim with a trained professional, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
In order to pursue a claim, you will need to provide details of the work incident or home accident and give evidence to support your claim; this may include submitting medical reports and documents which confirm the negligence of an electrical firm or an employer, depending on the nature of the case.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling work accident claims and defective product compensation. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice