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Electrocution in Modesto Reignites Safety Concerns

ElectrocutionConcerns about high voltage safety training reignite as another electrocution makes it way into the headlines. This time, a Modesto city worker died as he installed a new street light, Cal/OSHA reports. The man was an electrician's assistant and worked for the city for six years. The incident initiated a full-blown investigation, allowing Cal/OSHA six months to issue citations for any workplace safety violations. As the investigation continues, many local companies are reinforcing electrocution safety protocol.

Tips to Avoid Electrical Shock in the Workplace

Electricity operates nearly everything around us. Depending on your workplace conditions, you may be surrounded by more exposed forms of power than other occupations, thputting you at higher risk for electrocution. It is important to remember that electricity can not only cause severe and permanent damage, but it can also be fatal. Here are a few C tips for keeping yourself safe in the workplace:

  • Use equipment that is properly grounded and insulated;
  • Do not plug multi-outlets adapters into another multi-outlet unit;
  • Do not overload outlets;
  • Use equipment approved by a national testing laboratory;
  • Electrical cords should not cross walkways;
  • Use minimal extension cords;
  • Do not cover cords with mats as it can cause an issue with the wires;
  • Do not plug multiple extension cords together;
  • Unplug or disconnect all devices before service or repair work;
  • If electrical equipment behaves abnormally (temperature change, noises, etc.), discontinue use and label it, so someone else does not use it;
  • Disconnect equipment from outlets by the plug, not the cord;
  • Inspect cords and equipment regularly and before each use;
  • Cover or guard exposed electrical wiring;
  • Do not use electricity near water or wet surfaces; and
  • Ensure you handle equipment with dry hands or gloves.
Injury While at Work

Some jobs are more prone to electrical injury than others. For those occupations, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all personnel is trained on how to protect themselves and others from electrocution. Employers also owe their employees a workplace free from preventable hazards.

At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. we understand that electrocution or electrical injury goes far beyond the physical damage endured. It also includes pain and suffering. A San Jose, CA electrical injury attorney can help you get the full compensation you deserve. Call us today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.

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