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Electrical Hazards (Not High Voltage)

Thinkstock #88257666 Before you use the electrical outlet, make sure it is in good condition like the one in this photo.

Before you use the electrical outlet, make sure it is in good condition like the one in this photo.

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Did you know that metallic parts of electric tools and machines can become energized if there is a break in the insulation of their wiring?

Workers plugging items such as power tools, appliances, or machines in to outlets; performing maintenance and installation electrical work; or operating heavy machinery equipment near overhead power lines can be exposed to hazards such as the following:

  • Confined space.
  • Electrocution.
  • Falls (from any height).
  • Slips and trips.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Toxic smoke fumes.

This could lead to serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

See Trades & Licensing for information regarding Electrical Licensing or Permits and Inspections

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