Electrical hazards are a risk present at construction sites

Construction site hazards are prevalent in almost every stage of the project. Many of the hazards that could be present can be minimized if certain steps are taken to ensure safety. When safety isn’t a top priority, construction workers can be injured.

One particular hazard that can lead to serious injuries occurs when electrical currents aren’t placed at the top if the list of concerns during a project. There are several ways that an electrical current might become a hazard. These include damaged insulation, damaged tools, overhead power lines, exposed electrical components, overloaded circuits, improper grounding, and wet conditions. In each of these cases, it is possible that a person could be shocked or electrocuted by the current.

Think about this scenario — a construction worker reaches to unplug a plug without inspecting the cord, but the cord has a frayed area. The construction worker’s hand grasps the frayed area. Now, the electrical current that was running through the wire is now going through the worker’s body. That can lead to injuries or death.

When it comes to wet conditions, it is crucial to ensure that the electrical cords and wiring don’t come into contact with the water. If they do, there is a chance that the entire puddle will be energized, which can lead to shocks and electrocutions.

Overhead power lines are a serious risk because many of the pieces of equipment used in a construction project are taller than the overhead power lines. If the equipment comes into contact with the power line, disaster can occur. This is why proper barriers and spotters are essential for large equipment being used near power lines.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Big Four Construction Hazards: Electrical Hazards,” accessed April 19, 2016