Preventing Electrocution Accidents
There are many safety measures that employers can use to prevent electrocution accidents in Philadelphia. OSHA has many safety guidelines, one of which is a list by the voltage of safe distances to be maintained from overhead power lines. The higher the voltage, the greater the distance. Additionally:
- All equipment should be located within a safe distance from power lines.
- The vertical and horizontal power line clearances should be flagged.
- Before work begins, the utility company should de-energize and ground the power lines visibly. Alternatively, they can use insulated sleeves on the power lines.
- Only use non-conductive tools, ladders, and materials.
Employers should also:
- Isolate electrical parts
- Supply ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)
- Maintain power tools and check to make sure they are in a safe condition
- Maintain and inspect cords and ensure they are properly used
- Use lockout/Tagout procedures and enforce them
- Train workers to recognize electrical hazards and avoid them by using the above protective measures
When electrical accidents are not fatal, they can cause severe injuries that have long-lasting effects and require substantial medical care and rehabilitation.