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Electrical contractors face significant risk every day they report for work. The possibility of injury or even death is real. Despite these dangers, many risk factors may be minimized or eliminated through the implementation of a set of safe work practices.

3 Hazards Electrical Contractors Must Monitor

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1)      Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), which are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work, can affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons.

Common types of MSDs are:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Lower back injuries

These disorders may be caused by work activities like heavy lifting, bending, pulling heavy loads or repetitive motion.

The Solution

An effective solution to these problems is ergonomics, which can lessen muscle fatigue and reduce the amount and severity of work-related MSDs.

MSDs may be reduced by doing these three things:

  • Modifying existing equipment
  • Adjusting work practices
  • Purchasing new tools or other devices

These changes can help to reduce the physical demands of electrical contractors and their related workers’ compensation insurance costs.

2)      Falls

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Serious falls result in hospital trips and lost work time. The cause is usually one of these oversights:

  • Unprotected sides
  • Wall openings
  • Floor holes
  • Poor scaffold construction
  • Misuse of portable ladders

The Solution

There are many ways general contractors and subcontractors can prevent falls.

  • Protect floor holes with railings, toe-boards or covers
  • Provide guard rails around elevated, open-sided platforms, floors or runways
  • Use safety harnesses, nets, stair railings and hand rails when necessary
  • Keep floors clean and dry
  • Train workers about job hazards

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3)      Electrocution

Electrical contractors directly and indirectly work with or use electricity throughout their workday. They must be prepared at all times to prevent injuries from exposure to electrical current.

Types of possible incidents include:

  • Electrocution
  • Burns
  • Electric shock
  • Falls caused by contact with electrical energy

The Solution

It’s possible to minimize the threat of electrocution with safe equipment and responsible work practices.

  • Avoid contact with power lines
  • Use ground-fault protection
  • Always use equipment as directed
  • Properly use extension and flexible cords

Update work zone safety this year. It will protect your crew and strengthen your business.

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