Electrical equipment is vital for the entertainment industry and sectors such as television, radio, and theatre. However, it can be highly dangerous to work with, and cause injuries such as burns, shocks, and even death in some cases. Electrical accidents could also result in fires or explosions in the workplace.
In regulations set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), most entertainment industries require a license from the local authority which includes conditions relating to electrical safety. In the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999, you are required to assess electrical risks in your premises.
The HSE suggests five steps for this in the entertainment industry, to determine whether the electrical equipment you are using is safe:
- Look for hazards such as poorly maintained equipment.
- Decide who may be harmed. In the case of the entertainment industry this may include employees, performers, and audience members.
- Evaluate the risks and discuss whether the precautions that are already in place are adequate. If they are not then new precautions will have to be put into place.
- Record your findings. This will allow you to compare your findings to future assessments.
- Review your assessments regularly.
Electrical safety in the entertainment industry can be maintained by continuous checks on electrical equipment. The people undertaking the inspections should also be suitably qualified.
If performers bring their own electrical equipment to your workplace, then it is up to both parties to ensure the safe usage of that equipment, and to take responsibility for health and safety.
Have you had an accident at work involving electrical safety?
If you have had an accident at work after failings in electrical safety, or faulty equipment, then you could be entitled to compensation.
- You must have had an accident at work
- You can prove that the accident was the fault of someone else
- The accident has happened in the last three years
With thirteen years of experience in the personal injury claims industry, Accident Advice Helpline can help you gain the compensation you deserve after a work-related injury.
Our free helpline is available at all times to provide advice and information about making a claim. To make the first step in claiming after a work accident, call us today on 0800 689 0500, or fill in our online compensation calculator.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown