Education, experience and precautionary measures are key to electrical safety.
Anyone who has ever been exposed to an electric current may have developed enough fear to avoid situations similar to what caused them to come in contact with the electric current. However, a lack of understanding can unintentionally place a person in danger without their knowledge.
Please be cautioned: A person that has felt a light electrical zap should not be deceived. Electricity comes in many different forms. Much like the classification system used to describe the strength of a hurricane, electricity is described by its own classification system. Voltage and amperage describe the capability of an electrical source. Electricity does not discriminate. If the conditions are met for electricity to flow, it will.
There is no question that electricity has the potential to cause severe injury and even death. The U.S. Department of Labor publishes statistics related to workplace injury and fatalities. According to these statistics the construction trade accounted for about 20% of workplace fatalities in 2013. This singled out the construction trade as the most dangerous occupation. To further expand on the published statistics, the term Construction’s “Fatal Four” was used to describe the four leading causes of workplace fatalities within the construction trade. These included falls, moving/falling objects, electrocution and being trapped/pinned.
Electricians develop a keen instinct that helps them recognize electrical hazards. With experience, continued education and a detail oriented thought process, electricians learn how to reduce risk and safely perform their job duties. This in turn also allows them to deliver quality services to the public. Through licensing, an electrician’s qualifications are verified. An electrician’s job is to provide electrical installations that conform to regulations and code.