In the workplace it is extremely important to maintain high standards when working with electrical equipment. This is to protect workers and prevent potential accidents that could occur such as electric burns and electric shocks. To prevent this, safety checks should be undertaken.
The first check that you can carry out, to know if your electrical equipment is safe, is a visual one. Risk assessments can be undertaken, whereby you can walk around the workplace to check for potential hazards, and ask other employees whether they have noticed anything that could cause a potential accident in the workplace.
Before carrying out any safety checks make sure that you switch off and unplug the equipment to avoid personal injury. Check that the wires and fuses of all electrical equipment are in the correct condition. Accidents can occur if power sockets are overloaded and therefore overheating, or are too close to water. Frayed wires and cables are also signs that equipment could be unsafe. Any damaged piece of equipment should be replaced straight away. Dependent on the type of workplace, weekly or monthly checks should be carried out on the electrical equipment. If you are unsure about your workplace consult the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.
Check that both the equipment is suitable for the electric supply available, and also that the electrical supply itself is safe to use. This can be done by firstly checking that the voltage is correct, and secondly checking that the electrical supply can deliver the current required by the equipment.
Make sure that staff members are fully trained to work with the specific electrical equipment in the workplace. Human error can cause electrical equipment to become unsafe and subsequently cause accidents.
I have suffered an accident at work. What can I do?
If you have suffered from a work-related injury after handling an unsafe piece of electrical equipment, or a faulty product, then you could gain compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
To qualify for a claim:
- You must have had an accident at work after handling unsafe electrical equipment
- This accident must have happened in the last three years
- You can prove that this accident was someone else’s fault
Ring our 24/7 helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a member of our team. With no obligation to continue, you can get advice and information about personal injury compensation and consider the option of making a claim after a work accident.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown