Images 1 2 These statistics clearly show that the exposure to electricity is

Images 1 2 these statistics clearly show that the

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Images 1 & 2. These statistics clearly show that the exposure to electricity is unacceptably high. Federal and state safety standards have been established to protect employees from the risk of exposure to electricity, but exposures seem to be rising at an alarming rate from past statistics. The rise of electrocutions and electrical shock in the construction industry is serious and more proactive precautions must be established to reduce the risk of electrocution on construction sites. Why does the construction industry lead the way in electrocution fatalities and electrical shock injuries? The four common factors that contribute to electrocution and electrical shock on construction sites are as follows: Contact with powerlines: Powerlines carry high voltage and can be either above or below ground. The main risk is electrocution, but electrical shock, burns, and falls from elevated heights pose a potential contact risk. Accidental contact by crane operations, scaffolding, digging, and ladders are extremely dangerous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1926.416 maintains a minimum approach distance from insulated power lines by construction employees that work close to, but not on, power lines (OSHA, 1926.416, n.d.).
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ELECTROCUTION IN CONSTRUCTION 4 Electrocution and electrical shock: With the vast electrical equipment and tools on a construction site, the risk of electrocution and shock is very high. If the equipment is fabricated or modified in any way that does not meet approved manufactured standards, employees can electrocute themselves, which can result in an electrical fatality or serious electrical shock. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.242(a) of Subpart P states that the employer is responsible for the safe condition of any tools or equipment that is used by employees, which includes any tools or equipment furnished by the employer or personal tools or equipment that the employee brings to the job-site (OSHA, Hand and portable powered tools and equipment, general, n.d.). No maintenance or inspection: The day-to-day use of electrical equipment can become dangerous if not properly maintained or inspected before each use. Frayed wires, insulation breaks on wires and cords, and short circuits are all dangerous and preventable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1926.403 requires periodic inspections on any equipment or machines to be conducted prior to energizing any electrical equipment in order to prevent injury or death (OSHA, 1926.403, n.d.).
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  • Summer '14
  • Occupational safety and health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Electric shock

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