According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 350 people are killed by electricity each year. Even for experienced electrical workers, a high voltage is dangerous. Electrical hazards can be experienced in the office, warehouse, or on the production floor. What are some of the dangers of working with high-level electrical output? How can you keep your employees safe?
High voltage is any amount of electrical output that could cause harm to a living organism. Power lines, circuit boxes, and power supplies for large equipment channel enough power to cause serious injury.
Electrical contact doesn’t just happen when the power supply is touched or mishandled. High voltage lines, attracted by an incendiary in the area, can shoot an arc through the air to ignite its target. Fire is one of the biggest concerns from an arc flash. Electrical fires spread quickly and can be difficult to control. Travelling along the wires in the walls of the building, these fires can reduce a structure to ashes in moments. Electricity from an arc flash can heat up the metal in pipes and fences, causing fires to break out far from the source. According to OSHA, the most common results of an arc flash are:
In the body, high levels of electrical current can cause severe and often irreversible damage.
The severity of the damage a worker receives depends on a number of factors like how close the victim was to the blast, the type of personal protective equipment they were using, and the duration of the exposure.
You can help your employees avoid electrical injuries by establishing good safety practices.
A formal training is the best way to prepare your employees for working in high voltage areas. A group training offers many benefits.
The best way to protect your employees from electrical injury is to give them the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. A formal group training from an experienced instructor is the fastest way to make that happen.
The Arc Flash Electrical Safety & Utilization of High Voltage seminar from NTT Inc. is the perfect way to get your whole staff trained to deal with the dangers of electrical charges in the workplace. This course is designed to meet the training requirements of OSHA rule 1910:331-335. Office administrators, service personnel, and safety directors will benefit from this training. Contact our representatives now to complete your registration.
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