Electrical accidents commonly occur whilst equipment is being maintained.
This may be electrical equipment such as switchgear or equipment that
uses electrical power. Most accidents happen because workers have not
been adequately trained, are being poorly supervised, or because the
risks of the work have not been properly assessed. The incidents are
Unsafe system of work
An employee received a fatal electric
shock whilst examining a faulty air conditioning unit.
A worker was injured when working in a live
electrical panel. He had not been trained.
An electrician received a severe electric
shock because he had not properly isolated the supply.
An electrical fitter had to have both arms
amputated after receiving burns from a 33,000 Volt supply.
Poor control of work activities
An electrical contractor was injured by
live 11,000 Volt switchgear.
An employee suffered brain damage following
an electric shock he received whilst live working.
Unsuitable test equipment
An employee was killed when setting up equipment
to test printed circuit boards.
A worker received a 240 Volt electric
shock whilst using a pressure washer.
Failure to manage work
A contractor's employee received an electric
shock after confusion over isolation.
Person not competent
Person received a severe electric shock after
he incorrectly wired a machine.
Uninsulated electrical wiring
A worker was killed whilst attempting to clear
a blockage in a wrapping machine.