Electrical accidents cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International ( ESFI ).
Work Safely Around Electricity
Watch Out for Power Lines
- Make sure there is adequate clearance when driving tall equipment under power lines or when maneuvering piping, antennas or other metal objects near power lines.
- Do not use metal ladders when working around electrical lines.
- Be aware of power lines when opening metal dumpsters.
- Call before you dig. Georgia has laws regarding the operation of equipment near both overhead and underground lines.
Working On or Near Energized Equipment
- Complete a detailed job plan, including identifying all potential electrical hazards.
- Work electrical equipment and conductors de-energized if possible.
- Use lock-out/tag-out procedures.
- Never assume that equipment is de-energized. Always test before you touch.
If an Electrical Shock Occurs
Shock from a fallen power line:
Do not try to remove the line or touch the person. Call 911 and call Jackson EMC to report the downed line.
Shock from commercial wiring:
Do not touch the person if he or she is still in contact with the current. Unplug the equipment causing the shock or turn off the power at the main switch. Call 911. If the person is not breathing, start CPR.