Safety Spotlight of the Week: Electrical Safety

Working with electricity can be very dangerous, especially without the right precautions. This job is considered a serious workplace hazard. In order to protect employees in the best way, it is important to remember that they are exposed to hazardous situations such as electric shock/electrocution, burns, fires, or explosions. Some of these situations tend to be more fatal than others.


Electrocution is the sixth most common workplace fatality in the United States. In 2015, these hazards caused 134 deaths and 2,480 injuries related to the workplace. (ISHN)

These hazardous incidents can occur when there is contact with power lines, lack of ground-fault protection, misuse of equipment, or faulty cords.


To ensure the safety of the employees within the workplace, it is crucial to keep OSHA regulations in mind to use the right equipment and precautions to prevent injuries.

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How to Prevent Hazardous Situations

  • Electric shock/Electrocution

- Unplug appliances when not in use

- Turn off light switches when changing light bulbs

- Never nail or staple cords

- Be aware of damaged cords and dispose of them

  • Burns

- Wear protective gear and use insulated tools

- Avoid contact with water

- Be aware of damaged cords and live wires

  • Fires/Explosions

- Unplug appliances when not in use

- Be cautious of outlets that are hot, this could be due to internal damage

- Be aware of damaged cords and live wires


Health issues that could be due to these hazardous situations

  • Heart Problems

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Loss of breath