Some people have the idea that you must be working around a high voltage line to be at risk for electrocution. That’s not true. Electrical hazards are a danger in just about any workplace. Electric shock can cause a range of painful and disabling injuries. These include brain damage, burns, and loss of limbs, blindness, and broken bones from falls, violent injuries from unexpected start-up of electrically powered equipment, and many other injuries.


Tips to Avoid Electrical Hazards on the Job

  • Use electrical equipment only if you are authorized and qualified to do so.
    • Never make unauthorized electrical repairs – they have led to many fatal accidents.
  • Do not use electrical equipment which is improperly installed or repaired, or damaged in any way.
    • Report these circumstances to your supervisor immediately.
  • Use tools and equipment the way they were intended.
    • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how to use and maintain tools and other electrical devices.
  • Do not use makeshift wiring, and report any that you observe.
    • Don’t use extension cords or cables as permanent wiring – they are intended for temporary use only.
  • Take care to prevent damage to cords and cables.
    • They should not be draped across traffic areas where they can be damaged by feet or hand


Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) whenever you use power tools. Also use a GFCI for protection when you use electrical equipment outdoors or in damp areas such as basements. Questions? We have our own Safety and Loss Control department at Gunn-Mowery, LLC, which is uncommon for most agencies. They can help answer any of your safety questions. 



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