Electrical injuries may be caused by overloading power circuits. Circuits have limited amperage and if you exceed this, there is a risk of accidents at work and potentially dangerous situations in the home. If you’ve sustained an injury at work and you were not at fault, you may be able to claim work accident compensation.
What happens as a result of overloading power circuits?
When you use electrical appliances, they draw a certain amount of power from a circuit. If you are using multiple appliances or there is a fault in the circuit, this can result in overloading power circuits. If your circuit is overloaded, you will need to use a different power source on a separate circuit to provide power for your appliance.
Power circuits may become overloaded in the following circumstances:
- when the wires are loose or in poor condition
- when too many appliances are using the same circuit
- when the connection is loose
How dangerous is a power circuit overload?
In most cases, a trip switch will kick in before a power circuit overload does any serious harm. However, when dealing with electrical appliances, there is always a risk of injury and it’s important that employers take steps to get appliances and power sockets and wiring checked on a regular basis and provide staff members who work with circuits or electrical items with the relevant training.
Power circuit overloads can cause injuries and it is even possible for them to cause fires. Examples of injuries which may result from faulty electrics or an overloaded circuit include electric shocks and contact burns. In order to reduce the risk of electrical injuries, you should look out for the following warning signs:
- flickering lights
- blowing and tripping fuses
- heat in electrical wires and cords
- noise from the sockets
If you notice any of these signs at work, report them to your employer.
Making a work accident claim
If you’ve sustained a work injury and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline for more information about claiming no win, no fee* compensation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have already helped many people to claim work injury compensation and you could be next to benefit from their expertise and a very simple claims process. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown