How do electrical shocks occur?

When a part of your body comes into contact with a source of electricity, an electrical shock can occur. Electrical currents can also travel through the air, which can then come into contact with your or other exposed body parts.

Not all electrical shocks are equal, and the severity can vary depending on the voltage of the electrical current. Electrical shocks caused by high-voltage electrical currents can cause severe injuries, even death. Thus, proper electrical lockout tagout using the right devices, such as circuit breaker locks, is important in making sure that employees are safe from electrical shocks.

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