We all know health and safety plays an important role in the workplace today. If the guidelines are followed and employers take every care to ensure their employees and all visitors are safe, there should be little chance of anything going wrong. This applies just as much to electrical safety at work as it does to all other areas of safety.
Electrical safety at work can prevent mild or severe electric shocks. These can be damaging and even fatal in some circumstances. Depending on the nature of the work being done, electrical safety at work can relate to electricians, to other people working near power lines, and to those working with electrical equipment. All these elements and more need to be taken into consideration when addressing health and safety issues in the workplace – wherever that workplace happens to be.
Performing a risk assessment
No doubt you’ve heard of risk assessments and their role in all workplaces. However, it is important to make sure the assessment undertaken in this case does take into account the presence of electrical hazards. You cannot always see wires and cables, especially not if they’re in walls or running underground.
All employers have a duty of care to make sure the proper risk assessments are completed. If someone is required to use electrical equipment during the course of their work, they should be properly trained in how to do so. They should also be aware of the need to minimise the dangers.
Electrical safety at work is usually of a very high standard. However, you may know first-hand what can happen if standards slip. Maybe you’ve been electrocuted or otherwise injured because of a lack of safety.
If this is the case, Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with no-obligation legal advice about your situation. All you need to do is call the team on 0800 689 0500. We are always here to provide the information you need to act upon – information that may potentially lead to a no win, no fee compensation claim. Don’t hesitate to call us if you’ve been hurt in the last three years. If you can make a claim because there is ample evidence of negligence, one of our experienced compensation lawyers could steer you through the entire process and keep you up-to-date on progress. This could all happen because you made that first call.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead