Electrocution Hazards

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Contact with power lines.
  • Lack of ground-fault protection.
  • Path to ground missing or discontinuous.
  • Equipment not used as designed.
  • Improper use of extension and flexible cords.

Injury Prevention Strategies for Construction Electrocution Hazards

  1. Look for overhead power lines and buried power line indicators. Post warning signs.
  2. Contact utilities for buried line locations.
  3. Stay at least ten feet away from overhead power lines.
  4. Assume overhead lines are energized unless otherwise known.
  5. Use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders when working near power lines.

Resources and Training Guides

OSHA E-Tools: Electrical Incidents https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/construction/electrical_incidents/mainpage.html

Electrocution Hazards: Instructor Guide https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/construction/focus_four/electrocution/electr_ig.pdf

Study Guide: Electrocution Hazards http://www.clicksafety.com/impe/ucp/images/pdf/courseware/10%20hr%20Electrocution%20Hazards%20Study%20Guide.pdf