Don’t Turn Your Back on Being Safe: Reduce the Risks Associated with Electrical Work


According to the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), improper procedure is connected to more than 60% of electrical worker incidents. ESA also notes that occupational fatalities due to electrocution are a major issue. Those most impacted by electrocution deaths include electricians, electrical helpers, utility workers, as well as individuals who perform repair and maintenance work in construction and manufacturing.

ESA reports that only 57% of electricians claim to always take safety precautions when performing their work, and it suggests that electrical workers follow strict safety precautions all the time. Workers should also recognize live power and be sure not to work on energized equipment. Following proper lockout/tagout procedures can help safeguard against workers operating on energized equipment awaiting repair. Also, ESA recommends the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to guard against injuries due to unexpected electrical arc flashes.

It is also recommended that electrical workers follow Canadian workplace electrical safety standards. CSA Z463 is the Canadian standard that covers electrical safety requirements for employees.


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