Let’s start off with some facts:
● Electrocutions are one of the most common hazards on construction sites.
● Each year, roughly 150 workers die from electric shock.
● Nearly 5% of all deaths result from electrocution.
● Accidents could have been avoided with the proper industrial safety equipment and safe practices.
5 Causes of Electrical Shock
As stated above, you can avoid many of the accidents that occur if you used safe practices and wore appropriate industrial safety equipment. Let’s take a closer look at some of the causes of electrical shock and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Improper Grounding
Grounding an electrical tool eliminates a power surge while the device is on. Electrical equipment must be grounded to reduce the possibility of electrical shock. A ground pin grounds most high-end electrical tools. The pin redirects any additional voltage to ground to keep from ‘blowing up’ the tool. You should never remove the tool when using electrical equipment.
2. Exposed Wiring or Electrical Parts
It is not uncommon to see exposed wiring on a construction site. Typically, the reason it is exposed is that the project is not completed. Therefore, you may notice open outlet boxes with copper wiring sticking out or metal cables lying on the floor.
3. Inadequate Wiring
When using equipment, it should be hooked up to properly-rated industrial extension cords. You should also use the appropriate gauges when wiring a building. If the gauge is too large, it can cause a power surge. If it is too small, it may not be able to handle the electrical current.
4. Damaged Tools and Equipment
Your construction crew should inspect the condition of construction tools and equipment every day to make sure it is properly working. You’ll also want to look for any exposed wiring in the power cord.
5. Overloaded Circuits
What is the power limit of the outlets you are using? A surge happens when you plug too many electrical tools into an outlet or power strip and use them at the same time. We recommend that you use a 3-way extension with a GFCI if you’re going to plug more than one piece of equipment into the same outlet.
MC Tool & Safety is Your Preferred Industrial Equipment Supplier
At MC Tool & Safety, safety is our number one priority. Every product and service that we provide help you stay protected while you’re working. We offer industrial supplies for construction jobs and public work projects. We also carry landscaping equipment, industrial repair services, and respirator fit testing. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, contact us today at 888-206-2569, or you can message us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our products.