Accident riches are very common in any profession, especially when the professional does not follow the job instructions correctly or does not use the safety equipment indicated for that particular function. In this article today we are going to talk about the risks of the electrician profession? What precautions electricians need to take to avoid accidents and many other prevention tips, come on guys!
Safety equipment for an electrician
All professions have a variety of safety equipment whose main objective is to reduce the chances of these accidents happening. It is important to emphasize that the use of this equipment is mandatory and unfortunately few professionals give due attention to this.
Among this equipment, we can mention the use of helmets, covers, gloves and boots made with rubberized and waterproof material. The correct use of this equipment, in addition to protection against impacts, also reduces the chances of accidents with lightning and power. When protective equipment is not waterproof, the risks are much greater.
For electrical professionals who work in locations over 2 meters in height, the use of seat belts is essential, since the risk of falls is imminent. Still talking about high places, the stairs also need to be rubberized or wooden, never use metal stairs in electrical work.
Another very important piece of equipment is that which protects the eyes! In this case the use of goggles is indicated or it can also be a visor that is attached to some types of helmets. This equipment protects the electrician’s eyes from possible accidents with sparks, objects and even flames.
What are the most common accidents with electricians?
There are currently professions that have very serious risks and need extra attention from their professionals. Among these professions, that of an electrician is among the most dangerous, since electrical accidents are almost always fatal.
- Electric arcs – The arc is characterized by the flow of electric current through an “insulating” medium, such as air. It normally happens during the connection and disconnection of electrical devices and also in cases of short circuits. The arc-flash accident is extremely dangerous because it can cause second or third-degree burns.
- Burns – Electric burns are among the most serious injuries that the human body can suffer. Many people don’t imagine it, but they are quite different from other burns because it causes a much more intense internal injury.
- Risks of insect attack – Attacks of bees and hornets are very common for professionals working in towers, poles, substations, tree pruning services, etc.
- Animal attacks – Just like accidents with insects, accidents with animals are much more common than you might think. Be very careful when carrying out any activity under construction or in transmission networks, especially in forest regions. The attention in these places must be doubled since there is an enormous possibility of finding venomous animals.
- Falls – The electrician who receives an electric shock can still suffer from the serious consequences of a fall, if he is on a high place such as a ladder. This risk of falling exists even if there is no electric shock and it almost always happens due to recklessness, negligence, malpractice or overconfidence.
- Risks in confined environments – Work in underground boxes and/or transformation and distribution stations pose a risk of suffocation since the amount of oxygen in this environment is very small. We cannot fail to mention that in these places there may still be contaminating agents.
- Explosion – Explosions can be caused by electric arcs, sparkling of motor brushes when explosive gases and vapors are present.
- Fire – Fires can be caused by short circuits, especially when flammable materials are present.
- Ergonomic risks – These risks are quite varied and are related to Biomechanical factors such as, for example, the electrician’s posture. There are also Organizational, Psychosocial and Environmental.
In this following video from the World of Electrical, you can check in a very dynamic way all the tips to choose the correct helmet and avoid unnecessary risks.
Accidents with electricians: How to avoid?
As already mentioned, use the appropriate work equipment, never dispense with PPE’s and EPC’s, respect the rules and follow the safety instructions! Even with these attitudes, the risk of an accident is not totally removed, but certainly, the chances are much lower.
Think that safety at work is not only a way to preserve your life, but also that of everyone who works with you or who for some reason is close to this place where you are doing your job!