The Fatal Four: Preventing Worker Fatalities Part 2
In Part 1 of our series we discussed the importance of prevention and introduced you to the number one hazard that leads to fatalities on a job-site. In this second part, we’ll discuss the second leading cause of workplace fatalities, the effects on the body, and the importance of following proper protocol. Visit Part 3 and Part 4 to learn about the last two fatal hazards.
Electrocutions are the second leading cause of death in the construction industry. Electrocution is a serious workplace hazard and is responsible for slightly over 8% of deaths back in 2014. The following factors place workers at an increased risk of electrocution:
- Using unsafe equipment
- Improper installation
- Using unsafe practices
- Working in unsafe environments
The Effects of Electrocution
The body reacts to electrocution in various ways ranging from minor injury to death. Depending on the shock, a worker may experience tingling sensations, bruising, bone fractures, and muscle contractions. Some of the more severe effects may include ventricular fibrillation or the burning of tissue and organs.
The proper practices and procedures to reduce the likelihood of electrocution should be established in the workplace. It is crucial that grounding must be stable, connections secure, and equipment is free from defects. Additionally, following lockout/tagout procedures, wearing the right rubber insulating gloves, and posting warning signs in hazardous areas will prevent many unnecessary electrocutions.
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