What are common hazards when working with electrical?

While electricity can be dangerous, we have harnessed it well enough that we can use it safely by reducing the risks of harm and accidents. Even so, it’s still important to be mindful of the common hazards that come with working with electricity. These hazards include:

Accidental re-energizing

The accidental re-energizing of a machine that’s under repair or maintenance can cause electric shock.


Water is known to conduct electricity very well. Because of this, water can cause shock or electrocution.

Electrical wires

Touching or bumping into overhead electrical wires can also cause electrocution. It’s also important to make sure that if you are holding or touching a ladder or any other object, it won’t touch the wires either.

Faulty, frayed, or improper wiring

Faulty wiring can cause shock, electrocution, arc flashes, and more. Damaged wires can be harmful as well and will need to be repaired or replaced.

Arc flashes

An arc flash is produced by electric discharge traveling through the air between two conductors. It can produce a very bright light and high heat, and it can also cause injury to anyone nearby.

A proper lockout tagout procedure, proper application of LOTO devices, and effective visual communication can help employees avoid these hazards in the workplace.

The material provided in this article is for general information purposes only. It is not intended to replace professional/legal advice or substitute government regulations, industry standards, or other requirements specific to any business/activity. While we made sure to provide accurate and reliable information, we make no representation that the details or sources are up-to-date, complete or remain available. Readers should consult with an industrial safety expert, qualified professional, or attorney for any specific concerns and questions.


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