Each year, roughly 1,000 people in New Jersey and throughout America die because of workplace accidents involving electricity. However, there are many steps that an individual can take to stay safe while using electrical equipment or working near potential sources of electricity. For instance, workers should be sure that they don’t do anything that would make them part of an electrical circuit. This can be done by using ground cables or materials such as rubber that won’t conduct electricity.

Following OSHA lockout and tagout protocols can help to ensure that a circuit lacks the energy needed to potentially electrocute or otherwise harm an individual. The locking mechanism can be almost any object that will be used exclusively to keep a machine in the off position. The tag is used to indicate that the circuit is no longer energized, and it can only be used one time before it must be replaced.

If a person comes into contact with electricity, a colleague or supervisor should turn the power off as quickly as possible. This can generally be done by flipping a switch on a circuit breaker. If an electrical short or fault results in a fire or any other type of emergency situation, it is generally a good idea to call 911 for help.

Workers who are hurt while working near electricity or for another reason may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney may be able to help an injured individual prove that burns, lacerations or other ailments were the result of a workplace accident. Those who have been hurt while on the job are encouraged to seek treatment as quickly as possible. They are also encouraged to tell their employers about an accident after seeking treatment so that a thorough and timely investigation can take place.