Accidents happen every day at work, and often lead to injuries. When we think of all the safety hazards that electricians are faced with at work, the obvious injury is electrocution. However, there are many other factors that can also cause work related injuries to electricians while at work.
Here are some injuries specific to electricians:
Electrocution is the most common cause of injury for electricians. Electric shock can vary in severity. It can cause minor burns to severe heart problems, and can even be fatal.
Falling From Heights
At times electricians need to work at great heights, which makes things even more dangerous for them. When electrical wires need to be installed or repaired on roof spaces or in ceilings, electricians are at risk of falling. Obviously when electricians are needed to work at heights, they use ladders or other elevated platforms, which can be extremely dangerous. If there is improper scaffold construction, this can be a risk factor. There are certain regulations set in place for the protection of all the employees that need to work at heights. These regulations place the blame on the employer for any injuries that are caused by falling from heights.
Electricians who are exposed to asbestos are known to contract diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and pleural disease. Although the utilization of asbestos has been put to an end, those who have contracted these diseases while it was being used are entitled to making injury claims.
Injuries Caused By Equipment
The nature of an electrician’s job deems it necessary for him to work with various kinds of equipment and tools on an everyday basis. Some common examples of misused equipment are:
- Using circuit breakers or fuses with the wrong rating for over-current protection
- Using modified cords or tools
- Using cords or tools that have worn insulation or exposed wires
All equipment and machinery should be regularly inspected and maintained to prevent injuries.
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