Many Americans work in environments where it is easy to be injured. These types of work environments typically feature heavy machinery, manual labor, raw materials, and the use of power tools. Electrocution and other electrical injuries, such as electrical burns, are frequently a concern in this type of work environment.
If you are injured on the job, Workers’ Compensation will provide coverage for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while you are recovering. Nearly all employers are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance policies for this reason. Although it is good to know that you have access to this coverage in the event you need it, it is even better to avoid being injured in the first place by taking safety precautions while you work. If you work in an environment where electrical injuries can occur, use the following safety guidelines to reduce your chance of being injured while working with electrical equipment.
Follow your Employer’s Lockout/Tagout Procedures
These procedures are in place to protect you and others from being injured by using electrical equipment that has not been properly shut off and rendered inoperative. In any work environment where there is a risk of injury, communication between team members is key. Follow your company’s lockout/tagout procedures and communicate when you do so. Ask others if they have completed these procedures as well before handling electrical equipment or leaving work after your shift. Unless you can confirm that a piece of equipment has been tested, grounded, locked out and tagged out, treat it as if it is energized.
Test All Circuits and Conductors Before Touching Them
If a circuit or conductor is still energized, de-energize it before beginning work on it. Always use the proper tools for each job, rather than simply using what is most convenient for you. While working with equipment, keep it away from electrical sources.
Always Wear Protective Gear When Working With Electrical Equipment
When working with electrical equipment, wear the appropriate protective clothing for the voltage level of the equipment you are handling. At the very least, leather work boots should always be worn when working with electrical equipment. Metal accessories like jewelry and watches should always be removed. In addition to wearing protective gear, use insulated tools to protect you from electrical shock.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates Help Those Injured by Electrical Equipment
If you suffered a work accident in Philadelphia and are pursuing a Workers’ Compensation claim, you are urged to consult a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at E.S. Borjeson & Associates. Complete our online contact form or call our office at 215-772-3020 today to schedule a free consultation. Our office is located in Philadelphia and we proudly serve clients in Bala Cynwyd, Folcroft, Clifton Heights, Sharon Hill, Merion Station, Darby, Upper Darby, Holmes, Norwood, Wynnewood, Narberth, Lansdowne, Glenolden, Drexel Hill, Havertown, Cheltenham, Ardmore, Holmes, Essington, Prospect Park, Gladwyne, Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County.