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3 common electrocution risks on construction sites

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Whether you are a foreman who spends months at a jobsite or a subcontractor who is only there a day or two, you probably understand how dangerous construction projects can be. After all, approximately 21% of all workplace fatalities in 2018 were in the construction sector.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrocutions accounted for 8.5% of all construction-related deaths in 2018. Here are three common electrocution hazards on construction sites in Orlando and across the country.

1. Overhead electrical lines

While overhead electrical lines deliver power to communities, they can also be deadly for construction workers. If you entangle a ladder, forklift or another piece of machinery with an overhead line, electricity may travel through your body until it finds a ground.

2. Damaged power tools

Damaged power tools may short out and electrocute you. Therefore, before using a saw, drill or any other power tools, you should always inspect the tool for signs of damage.

If you see any, you should discontinue using the tool until you repair or replace it. Also, you should flag the tool to alert your coworkers to the potential danger.

3. Extension cords

If you are working far from an electrical outlet or power supply, an extension cord may be vital for finishing the job. Extension cords can also be exceedingly dangerous. Like with power tools, you should always inspect extension cords for signs of damage before using them.

Similarly, you should only use an extension cord with an appropriate electrical rating for your job. By using the correct extension cord and never overloading it, you complete your project without suffering a potentially life-threatening electrocution.

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