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.
What 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.
The most common electrical risks at the workplace
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.
Until next time, always have a backup plan!
Your friend and electrical expert,