Potential burn hazards: Poorly wired/insulated electrics

People who work regularly with electronic devices face the threat of serious injuries at work on a day to day basis. Their safety is essentially reliant upon the quality and condition of the tools they are using and faulty products in the workplace can have serious consequences.

What are the main causes of accidents at work with electrics?

The threats posed by electrics at work are both many and varied. The typical culprits include:

–  Faulty wiring, products or machinery

–  Insufficiently trained staff either using equipment in an incorrect manner or failing to recognise and report a fault.

–  Industrial spillages at work damaging electrical components or wires.

The problem with electrical accidents is that they seldom pass off without incident. Workplace injuries from accidents with electricity are likely to be extremely serious and include:

–  Shock

–  Burns

–  Falls after contact with electricity

–  Fatal electrocution

How do poorly wired/insulated electrics cause burns at work?

Burns are the most common injury related to electric shocks. They occur when electrical wiring that has been improperly maintained is touched. This could mean that part of the electrical wire itself is exposed due to a gap in the insulating wrap, or the wire is damaged and exposed.

In terms of machinery, it could be that the product itself has been poorly wired and therefore some electrical wire has been left bare. Either way, it’s a recipe for serious disaster.

How can work accidents because of poorly wired/insulated electrics be avoided?

The first step in guarding against electrical injuries at work is to ensure that all electrical tools and machines are installed by a fully qualified professional. From the point of installation, the machines should be subjected to regular and rigorous inspections to ensure they remain in a good and safe working condition.

Furthermore, workers should be provided with suitable protective clothing when working with electricity. This includes gloves and shoes designed to limit the impact of a shock.

Faulty and damaged equipment or wiring should never be used, and should be clearly labelled as such until fixed.

What should I do if I suffer electrical burns at work?

The immediate action is to seek medical attention as electrical burns can be an extremely serious injury.

If the accident was not your fault, then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with a claim for work accident compensation; an area in which they have over 13 years’ experience.

To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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