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0 Comments | Feb 19, 2018

Electrical Safety in The Workplace

Regardless of what kind of environment you work in, safety should always be the number one priority in the workplace. It’s easy to lose focus of this when crammed by a deadline or trying to find the quickest way to finish a project. When you overlook safety, you run the risk of an unnecessary injury. For those working with electricity, it’s even more important to stay cognizant of safety rules.

A landscaping company in Lake Worth, Florida was recently fined $15,000 after an employee was electrocuted while working on the job. The employee was reportedly standing at the top of a ladder when his metal hedge trimmer touched a power line. The deceased was not wearing his safety equipment at the time.

For this exact reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employees to wear their personal protective equipment to minimize workplace injuries. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of employers to use electrical safety labels to mark potential hazards and warn workers of the risks.

Although not everyone is electrocuted when they touch a wire, power line, or panel, it’s certainly a possibility and when it comes to electricity it’s better to err on the side of caution. A mistake can be costly and may result in burns, seizures, respiratory arrest, and even heart stoppage.

If you happen to see a safety hazard issue, no matter how small, make sure you report your concern. Employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment. Failing to do so could lead to fines or far worse.

 

Source:

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/osha-lowers-fine-lake-worth-landscaping-company-000/HOBJPMscBbcNgsLJGryxJP/