When it comes to electrics, there is always a risk of accidents at work. Electricity is a wonderful thing, but it can also be incredibly dangerous, for example if you unknowingly adjust a live socket.
If you work with electrical appliances or you deal with wiring and circuits as part of your day job, its essential to follow safety guidelines to reduce the risk of work-related injuries.
Is it dangerous to adjust a live socket?
Some people may fancy themselves as amateur electricians, but it is dangerous to adjust a live socket or tamper with wiring.
If you think there may be a problem, report the incident, rather than trying to adjust a live socket. It is always better to let people who have the relevant training and expertise handle electrical issues. You may think you know what you’re doing, but the effects of getting it wrong could be devastating.
If you decide to attempt repairs against the advice of your employer, you will also be liable for any injuries you sustain when attempting to adjust a live socket.
The dangers of working with electricity
Dealing with electricity can result in injuries such as electric shocks and burns. If there is an explosion, injuries can be very serious and even life-threatening. Severe burns can cause permanent damage to the skin and explosions can also result in injuries caused by falling.
If you work with electrical appliances, your employer has a duty to adhere to the latest health and safety guidelines to protect you from work injuries. All electrical items should be tested routinely to make sure they comply with safety requirements.
Employers should have training to use items safely and effectively. Any problems, such as damaged wires or visible changes to the appearance of plugs, should be checked out as a priority.
When is it possible to claim compensation for a work injury?
If you’ve been involved in a work accident, you may have wondered about claiming compensation. Compensation is available for those who have sustained injuries as a result of another person’s negligence. In the case of work injury claims, it is common for employees suffer injuries as a result of their employers negligence.
If you feel that your employer did not do their utmost to provide a safe working environment and you were injured as a result, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Our expert personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to ensure a successful outcome. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice