Being a well-trained electrician includes training on job safety. This is one employment sector where the risks of injury on the job are higher than others. For instance, if you work in a typical office environment, there’s very little chance you’ll get electrocuted or even an electrical shock, but electricians installing the wiring in a new office building will daily be exposed to hazards.
Many organizations have been formed to protect electricians and there are standards, rules and restrictions to follow. Though it can be complicated to learn them all, these are designed to protect workers and help them complete various jobs without any injuries. Workplace injuries cost millions of dollars each year. Severe injuries can prevent a worker from being able to continue on in this field. When workers know and understand the job safety rules, injuries can be reduced or eliminated.
One of the biggest categories where electricians sustain injuries is during repairs. You may be repairing machinery, upgrading the wiring in a building or replacing wiring that has been damaged. During these repairs, it’s crucial for the power to be turned off. What so often happens is that workers do indeed disconnect the power before performing repairs, but then someone in another part of the building – someone who is not aware that repairs are being carried out – will go ahead and turn the electricity back on prematurely.
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For this reason, a lockout/tagout system has been created that requires the energy source to be isolated and rendered inoperative while repairs are in progress. The power is locked and tagged with information about who is doing repairs and that person has the key for unlocking the machinery. This prevents anyone from accidentally turning the power back on before repairs have been completed. In many states, lockout/tagout procedures are mandated by law.
Choosing the right gloves for electricians
A very easy solution to some injuries is a good pair of work gloves. Workers that must deal with heavy cables or frayed wires can get cuts, scrapes and puncture wounds on their hands. But a good pair of gloves can eliminate this. It’s important for the gloves to be durable and tough while allowing the worker to freely move their hands.
Goggles and safety glasses
Our eyes and vision are so important to protect and should never be taken for granted. During the course of any day, an electrician, cable installer or construction worker will work around dust, debris, hazardous equipment and even near harmful chemicals. Though it can take some time to get used to working in goggles or safety glasses, it’s well worth the investment. Just one incident where a power tool flings a small piece of steel into a worker’s eye can be costly in so many ways. But if they are wearing safety goggles, the steel will bounce safely off and protect the worker from injury.
Helmets for electricians
In many construction sites around the country, helmets are required by law. That’s because it’s very difficult to monitor everything that goes on in an ordinary construction project. In a multiple-story building, you’ll see workers on every floor working without walls or ceilings in place. That means that almost anything can fall to the ground. For construction workers, gravity can be the enemy. A circular saw lying on the floor is accidentally hit and falls over the floor edge to the ground below. A piece of lumber is carelessly placed where a worker hits it by accident. Imagine an 8 foot 2×4 falling on your head. A good helmet will make the difference between a minor injury and a concussion that sends you to the hospital.
Many workers work around noisy machinery but the usage of ear plugs is hard to enforce. Workers don’t know how to properly use them and others think it’s just too much trouble. The truth is that workers who customarily work around noisy machinery all day will experience some hearing loss after a few years. That makes ear protection imperative. Look online to learn the right way to use ear plugs for best job safety.
There are many other types of job safety equipment that are used depending upon what trade you are in. For instance, roofers are required to wear harnesses if they’re working at least 20 feet off the ground. Most construction work requires steel-toed boots be worn. If working near harmful fumes, disposable respirators are required. If working near electrical sparks, a face shield is an important piece of protective equipment.
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