Electrical Safety In Hazardous Environments: What To Know

We all know how greatly electricity plays a part in our everyday lives. Yet, there are a number of risks and serious consequences that can occur if you misuse electrical goods or fail to put the correct safety measures are not put in place. 

For electricians, The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) aims to protect them when working in hazardous and live working conditions. It states that an employer is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees and the public, if they are at risk during work activities. 

Adding to this, The Electricity at Work Regulations propose a number of precautions that should be taken to protect against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity during work activities. Regulations include: 

● Using danger notices to highlight where there are live electrical circuits. 

● If you cannot turn off the electrical supply, consult someone about how to proceed. 

● Work away from the electrical wiring where possible. 

● Ensure proper training on electrical equipment, machinery and installations. 

Despite there being regulations and precautions in place, electricity-related incidents continue to occur every year; with 1000 electrical accidents at work being reported to HSE. 

Most of the hazards encountered by electricians are electric shocks and serious burns through contact with live electrical wiring. Unfortunately, these can often lead to more fatal or severe injuries when workers fall from a height or collapse into dangerous surroundings as a result of the electric shock. 

For a vast majority of these cases, they could have been avoided if the victim was using the correct electrical safety tools and PPE as well as the appropriate precautions being implemented. 

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