Electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property. You can take simple precautions when working with or near electricity and electrical equipment to significantly reduce the risk of injury to you, your workers and others around you. VVK Nair, Retired Chief Engineer from U P State Electricity Board and Technical Consultant /Technical Adviser to Thermal Companies, provides a summary of those precautions.
Electricity and electrical products play a fundamental role in how we conduct business every day. However, if not used or maintained properly, they can cause very serious risks. Electrical hazards cause over 300 electrocutions and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, disrupting lives and impacting the productivity of companies. While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries, accidents and fatalities, they are disproportionately fatal and costly.
According to a recent study, on an average, 17 people were electrocuted each year, with an average annual rate of 0.4 per 100,000 persons in India. Hundreds of workers have been injured owing to on-the-job electrical hazards about which actual figures are not available. These injuries are
not confined to any one industry or field of work, and most could be easily avoided. Awareness of electrical hazards is critical to avoiding and
(Read the full part of this article in the February issue of Safety Messenger Magazine)