The electrical workforce requires engineers to operate machinery with high voltages that place them at risk of electrocution. It’s essential for industries to reinforce electrical safety practices for engineers to prevent harmful electrical incidents. Electrocution can result in currents passing through the body and resulting in fatal ventricular fibrillation. Reviewing the consequences of an onsite electrocution injury helps emphasize the importance of proactive safety measures and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The following information provides an outline of electrical safety practices for engineers and how to reduce the risk of injuries in the electrical workforce.
The best way to prevent electrical incidents is by working unpowered. Be mindful of disconnecting power storage devices, such as power supplies and batteries, because they can hold a current after removing the main power source.
Assess the Site
Evaluate your workspace before conducting any electrical operations. Identify signs of moisture, spills, or any form of condensation that may come into contact with the electrical system you’re handling. It’s also important to be mindful of incorrect wiring, mislabeled electrical components, and other external factors.
Don’t Work Alone
It’s best to avoid working on an electrical system without backup. The risk for onsite electrocution injuries is constant but having backup support helps mitigate the risk. It’s best to work with another electrician that’s familiar with the system or have a form of support on hand to provide help in the case of an emergency.
Wear Safety Gear
Electrical safety equipment is an engineer’s first line of defense against electrical injuries. The level of safety gear required depends on the type of job site you’re handling. Electrical personal protective equipment can vary from electrical suits to insulated accessories such as gloves, rubber insulating blankets, and rubber insulating sleeve covers.
Keep Safe Workspaces
The best form of protection against electrical incidents is prevention. Whenever you step away from a workspace, ensure the area has safety measures in place for the next person handling the task. The most effective way to ensure consistent safety practices is by familiarizing yourself with specific electrical systems, electrical components, and any other device that’s manufactured to conduct electricity.