6 most common electrical risks at the workplace

We may all have different jobs and responsibilities but we all learn about the same electrical risks at the workplace. Let’s not forget electricity is a powerful force that makes our lives much easier. That is why it is extremely important to respect it. Find out about the most common electrical risks at the workplace in this week’s blog post.

electrical riskWhat is an electrical risk?

Nowadays, electricity is essential to modern life, both at home and at work. Some employees like engineers, electricians and power line workers work with electricity directly. Others, such as office workers and salespeople, work with it indirectly. In fact, we sometimes take electricity for granted and forget how dependent we are on it. More importantly, we tend to overlook the hazards electricity poses and fail to treat it with the respect it deserves.

So, what is an electrical risk anyways? Simply put, it is everything from minor injuries caused directly or indirectly by electricity to electric shock, electrocution or even death.

Do you want to learn about electrical safety at work? Our friendly team of experts at Jaric Electrical would be happy to assist you! Give us a call today on 1300 452 742!

 

The most common electrical risks at the workplace

The most common electrical risks at the workplaceIn theory, working from the comfort of your air-conditioned office may seem perfectly safe. In practice, however, there is a significant number of dangers lurking around every turn. Here are just a few of them:

1. Faulty or damaged wiring

First of all, you should know that a faulty wiring system is extremely dangerous. In fact, loose cables or exposed wires can even cause electric shocks and fires. So, if you happen to notice this situation, have a commercial electrician fix the problem as soon as possible.

 

2. Incorrect use of extension cords

Did you know that extension cords tend to develop cracks and other faults that can eventually lead to shocks? Plus, when incorrectly placed throughout the office, they represent a major tripping hazard for the staff working there. That’s the reason you don’t really see extension cords in an office building.

 

3. Overloaded circuits

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Moreover, did you know that overloaded circuits are also one of the most common electrical risks at the workplace? If too many devices are plugged into a circuit, the current will heat the wires to a very high temperature. Plus, if the wire insulation melts, this may eventually cause a fire in the area of the overload or even inside a wall.

 

4. Improper grounding

Every electrical equipment, appliance or device must be grounded to obtain a low resistance path for dissipation of current into the earth. Ground fault current can be a huge threat to human safety, causing fires or electrical shock. Additionally, ungrounded electrical systems can be potentially hazardous to your electronics.

 

5. Loose fitting plugs

Also, be aware that loose-fitting plugs can potentially cause equipment to overheat and catch fire. This happens especially when the equipment is moved during cleaning, causing the plug to get loose from the socket.

 

6. Water spill on electrical devices

Last but not least, remember that water and electricity can never go together! If you place any electrical device near a source of water or you handle it with wet hands, this may be a recipe for disaster. This is because water greatly increases the risk of electrocution especially if the equipment has damaged insulation.

 

In conclusion, you should always be aware of all these electrical risks at the workplace. Ignoring them may cost your job or even your life.

 

In conclusion, a regular check for the potential electric hazards in your home should be part of your electrical safety checklist. With this mindset, you may actually be able to prevent many accidents from happening. Ultimately, this will reduce your stress levels and also lower your electric bill due to better energy usage. For your safety, investing in an electrician is one of the best decisions that you will make as a homeowner.

If you need any commercial electrical services, call Jaric Electrical at 1300 452 742 and get personalized advice and solutions for your business.

Until next time, always have a backup plan!

Your friend and electrical expert,

John Ricca

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