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 real.
Unsafe system of work
- An employee was killed by 86 Volts when changing a welding electrode whilst working in a metal silo.
- An apprentice electrician was severely injured from contact with live equipment in a substation.
- An employee received an electric shock that broke both shoulders.
- An employee was trying to apply insulating tape to a live electrical cable but received an electric shock.
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.