Electrocution is the fifth
leading cause of workplace death from injury. More than half of those deaths result from
the use of defective equipment or not following safe procedures.
Reduce the risk of electrical shock by keeping in mind these guidelines:
electrical equipment away from water and dampness.
- Never use electrical equipment
if your hands are moist, even if it's from perspiration, as
this can mean the difference between a light shock and a fatal
- Never use water to put out an
electrical fire - water can cause a fatal shock. Use a Class
C fire extinguisher.
- Always inspect the area you're
working in for electrical hazards.
- Don't overload circuits.
- Make sure equipment is properly
- Check electrical cords for fraying
and other signs of wear.
- Be sure to LOCKOUT/TAGOUT all
switches or completely de-energize before servicing or repairing
- If a fellow employee receives
a. DO NOT PULL THE VICTIM AWAY WITH YOUR HANDS - you will be
b. Use a broom, belt, towel, rope or other non-conductive material
to separate the victim form the source of shock.
c. Try to disconnect the source of shock and call for an ambulance.
d. Once the victim is separated from the electrical source,
begin CPR immediately and continue until the ambulance arrives.