You can't avoid electricity. This means there's always a risk of injury from electrical shocks. OHS regulations say it's your duty to protect your employees from these workplace hazards.
To do this, you need to know when they're more at risk. So here are the three conditions that cause electrical accidents.
Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations.
Watch out for these three conditions that cause electrical accidents
You have lots of different conditions on your construction site. Here are the most likely to result in electrical accidents:
• Wet conditions: If you use equipment in wet conditions, it can easily shock you very badly.
• Outdoors: If you use equipment outdoors, it might not only get wet but the surroundings might damage it too. Damaged equipment is far more likely to give serious shocks.
• Confined workspaces: Small spaces with lots of earthed metalwork, such as inside a tank or bin are very dangerous when it comes to electricity. If any electrical fault develops, it could be very difficult to avoid an electrical shock.
You also need to look at the equipment they use as some equipment is more dangerous than others.
Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!
Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You have to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.
Be careful of electrical accidents when you use these two kinds of equipment
• Damaged extension leads. You can easily damage these on their plugs or sockets, electrical connections and cables.
• Flexible leads connected to equipment you move around a great deal, they can also have similar problems.
You must make your equipment and the conditions your employees work in are safe to comply with electrical regulations – no matter which workplace conditions your use the equipment in.