Electricity is unlike other hazards, there is no warning of danger. Other hazards can be seen, felt or heard. Electricity can KILL!
In the construction industry, in one year alone there were 194 reported accidents resulting in injury and over 200 dangerous occurrences involving electricity.
Accidents involving live overhead lines are a particular concern as in a similar period one in three proved fatal.
Electric shock is a major hazard; the severity of the shock will depend on the level of electric current and the duration of the contact.
Working with electricity should only be carried out by a trained and competent, qualified electrician.
The regulations which apply to all situations involving electricity is the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Other regulations will also apply and these are for example the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, the Management of Health and Safety and Work Regulations 1999.
- Electricity cannot be seen
- Electricity cannot be heard
- Electricity is odourless
- Electricity can KILL!
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