Even if you don't work as an electrician, there's still a possibility you could suffer some type of electrical accident at your place of employment.
Just the same as your home, you need to be extremely careful any time you're around electricity at work. If you aren't, you could make a mistake that results in electrocution.
There are many factors that determine the severity of an electric shock, including the following:
- The level of voltage
- The length of time the electricity flows through your body
- The amount of body resistance
- The path the electricity takes
One of the biggest concerns about contact with electricity is your ability to remove yourself from the source.
How to protect yourself
It's up to both your employer and all employees to keep an eye out for electrical hazards. For example, if there are any extension cables in use, it's a must to visually inspect these every now and again for defects and damage.
Here are some other electrical safety tips to keep in mind:
- Never overload a socket outlet, such as through the use of an adapter
- Never tape together extension cords
- Only qualified professionals should use electrically powered equipment
- All fixed electrical equipment should have an on/off switch that is easy to identify
- Never use electrical equipment in close proximity to water
- If a piece of equipment, such as a tool, is defective or damaged, remove it from use
On the surface, it's simple to follow these electrical safety tips. However, as your day goes by, you may find it difficult to stay the course. You begin to overlook things that could result in an accident, all with the idea that nothing bad will ever happen to you.
If you are the victim of electrical shock at your place of employment, here are three things you need to do:
- Seek immediate medical treatment, which typically begins with someone calling 911
- Notify your employer of the accident when time allows
- Work with your medical team to better understand your health risks and how to proceed with your employment
In the event that you're unable to immediately return to work, take the time to better understand the workers' compensation system and how to file a claim in Georgia.