Throughout the course of their workday, electricians are frequently exposed to the hazards of electricity. It is interesting to note, though, that electricity is not the main cause of accidents happening in the industry. The riskiest part of working as an electrician results from the vast variety of job sites and working circumstances.
So how risky is it to work as an electrician?
Electricians may operate indoors or outdoors, on residential properties, businesses, and construction sites, depending on each job. They frequently have to reach confined spaces and also use a ladder to reach spots where electrical work needs to be done by climbing up high.
Common risks include:
Working in high places, as it happens often, increases the risk of falls.
- Electric Shock
One of the most severe injuries an electrician might sustain is electric shock. It occurs when an electrical current suddenly discharges through a body portion. Severe burns, breathing difficulties, muscle pain and contractions, confusion, cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness, seizures and even death are possible side effects of electric shock.
Extreme electrical shocks can cause electrocution, which can be fatal.
- Electrical burns
Electrical shocks often result in burns to the skin or other tissues. The damage is typically visible only on the skin’s surface. Deeper tissue and even nerves may also occasionally be harmed by a more severe burn. A skilled and licensed Denver electrician can avoid these type of issues, and maintain a safe work environment at all times.