Using electrical equipment safely is imperative if accidents at work are to be prevented.
How to use electrical equipment safely
As an employee, you can help to prevent injuries at work by always making sure that:
- You are using the right equipment for the task; damp, conductive confined or potentially explosive environments may require different equipment.
- The equipment is in good condition by visually checking for frayed, loose or otherwise damaged wiring. Also check for signs of overheating or sparking. Remove any equipment you believe to be unsafe from use immediately and request repair by trained personnel.
- The electrical supply is suitable for the equipment and safe. The use of residual current devices (RCDs) is recommended.
- You are wearing, and know how to properly use, all necessary personal protective equipment.
- You use electrical equipment safely, in accordance with relevant training and instructions.
The latter point makes it clear that you should never use equipment unless you have been trained in the safe use thereof.
As an employer, you must ensure employees can use electrical equipment safely by:
- Assessing potential risks and taking appropriate steps to minimise them
- Providing training in the use of equipment and safe working practices
- Providing suitable equipment for all tasks required
- Maintaining equipment and electrical supplies in good, safe working order and having repairs carried out by trained personnel only
- Having all equipment and electricity supplies tested for safety at regular intervals
- Providing all necessary personal protective equipment
Enforcing implementation of safe working practices, and use of correct personal protective equipment, will further assist in the prevention of work accidents.
Poor maintenance of or use of unsuitable equipment, inadequate training or sloppy repairs could all lead to workplace accidents and potentially serious injuries by electrocution, fire or explosion.
If you were hurt at work for any of these reasons, a mistake or inappropriate behaviour by either your employer or a colleague, you may be able to claim for compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice