Electricity

If you touch a live electrical component, or wire, an electrical current passes through the body and will try to find a path to earth, and in doing so, blocks out the electrical signals between the brain and the muscles, resulting in what is commonly known as an electric shock. An electric shock, in addition to being extremely painful can result in:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Burns along the path of the electric current, and where the current entered and left the body contact areas
  • Muscular spasms, and severe weakness
  • Short, shallow breathing, and rapid pulse rate, which can lead on to serious injury, and even;
  • Death!

Electrical shock

The severity of electric shock effect is dependent upon a number of things including the amount of voltage received, the parts of the body involved, the presence of moisture, and how damp the person was at the time of exposure, and the length of time the current flowed through the body.

Static electricity shocks such as those that take us by surprise when getting out of a car or simply walking across a synthetic fibre carpet can pack a punch of more than 10,000 volts, but because the current flows for only a very short time, these shocks are not so dangerous. But that does not mean static electricity is safe: it can cause catastrophic fire or explosion in certain circumstances.

Electric Shock

Loss of muscle control

Following an electric shock, victims often experience extremely painful muscle spasms that can fracture and break bones, or dislocate joints. Because of this loss of muscle control, very often the person is unable to ‘let go’ of the live source, and escape the electric shock. The impact of the shock can also cause a person to fall from height, or be thrown into the path of hazards, such as machinery, structures, and moving vehicles.elec

electrician knocked out

Electrical burns

As an electrical current passes through the human body it heats the tissue along the path of the current flow which can result in serious, disabling burns that often require major surgery. Electrical burns caused as a result of shock are usually associated with higher voltages but injuries can result from domestic electricity supplies if the current flows for even slightly longer than a few fractions of a second.

Thermal burns

The biggest, most devastating fires and explosions can be caused by the smallest of sparks.

Be that from a single low voltage torch battery, or a spark from a damaged extension lead in a paint booth, or gas storage area, the effects can be the same – injury, death, and damage.

Electrical overloading, faulty and damaged equipment, and lack of adequate maintenance, can all to lead to overheating in electrical equipment, causing it to become hot enough to burn and inflict injury.

So, as can be seen, electricity poses a very real hazard, particularly in the workplace. For this reason most employers implement rigid risk assessment programmes that consider the risks, hazards, and dangers in a given area or during a specific process, to keep electricity safe and protect lives and property.

Caution - Electricity

Electrical overloading, faulty and damaged equipment, and lack of adequate maintenance, can all to lead to overheating in electrical equipment, causing it to become hot enough to burn and inflict injury.

So, as can be seen, electricity poses a very real hazard, particularly in the workplace. For this reason most employers implement rigid risk assessment programmes that consider the risks, hazards, and dangers in a given area or during a specific process, to keep electricity safe and protect lives and property.

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