Electrical Injuries Can Be Avoided
Written by Greg on February 9, 2016
Electrical injuries usually result in direct contact with the source of electricity. While some injuries can be minor like first-degree burns, there can be very serious damage internally that is not readily visible. Usually, an electrical injury happens when exposed portions of wiring are contacted and occasionally exposed portions of an electronic appliance can lead to an accident.
The great danger of serious injury or wrongful death or high-voltage electrical lines which produce many on-the-job accidents and the majority of the most serious injuries. Direct contact with a power line frequently leads to amputation with rates as high as 75% in survivors.
Usually, domestic household shocks or not extremely serious because of the low-voltage nature of the current. The most frequent injury being a surface area burn.
Electrical accidents can be painful even without visible burns and the neurological problems can be somewhat complex.
Electrocution is usually confused with an electrical injury however and electrocution is injury plus death. Electrocution is the fourth leading cause of on-the-job wrongful deaths in the United States.
The most frequent causes of death in on-the-job accidents involving electrical accidents are:
* Worker contact with an energized line
* Worker contact with energized equipment
* Vehicle contact with and energize power-line and
* Unsafe equipment.
There are very strict rules regarding electrocution prevention for on-the-job protection. The vast majority of all electrocution’s and electrical injury on the job could have been avoided simply by following the basic rules. The lockout tag-out procedure is a big one. Additionally, the equipment inspection and safety requirements would prevent hundreds if not thousands of electrical injuries each year.
Workers aware of the safety violation or an unsafe condition involving electricity should notify their supervisors as soon as possible. Families should also expect appliances and wiring for signs of problems.
Home safety electrical tips:
- Never mix electricity and water
- If your fuse trips a breaker it’s a warning sign to inspect appliances.
- Protect your children’s outlet covers.
- Replace broken outlets.
- Keep all of your electrical appliances and tools dry.
- Inspect power cords for damage.
Following basic safety rules and ensuring your electrical equipment is improper condition can avoid the disaster.
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