Being an Electrician can be extremely dangerous. Injuries in this type of role vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Burns from equipment
- Broken Bones
Alongside this, electricians are at a higher risk of electric shock due to the nature of their work. As an electrician it is even more important to follow all rules and regulations of the workplace in order to keep yourself safe.
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependent on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to be able to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Electricians commonly have to work at heights, which could be ceilings, roof spaces, ladders or elevated platforms. Falling from theses heights could cause serious injury, for which you may be able to claim for compensation if you can prove that the accident was not your fault. Injuries obtained from falling from heights include broken bones, damaged tissue, brain damage, paralysis, etc.
Clearly, electricians are exposed to electrical circuits and switches, which can ultimately cause electric shocks and electrocutions. Electric shocks vary in severity, with some causing minor burns, and rare cases causing aching limbs, heart problems, and sometimes even death.
In some workplaces – usually in older buildings- electricians may be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos can cause asbestosis disease and other asbestos related illnesses such as pleural disease, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Employers are under trust to provide the correct safety equipment, such as protective clothing, and failure to do so can make them liable for asbestos related illnesses amongst their employees.
Electricians use a lot of dangerous machinery in their occupations. These machines and equipment should all be inspected regularly and maintained to a high standard of safety, in order to reduce the risk of injury at the workplace.