Electricians urged to be careful in the field
Electricians and other field service professionals face a number of potential risks while on the job, and it is important for businesses that employ these workers to protect themselves financially.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Electrical Safety Foundation International said electrical fatalities have fallen steadily during the past 17 years, from 332 in 1992 to 170 in 2009. Although the numbers suggest electrical contracting businesses are taking more precautions to protect their workers, these companies can still do more to ensure their employees' well-being.
Electrical contracting businesses may be well served to lower their risk management costs by properly preparing and educating electricians on best practices in the field including raising awareness in the workplace so everyone is on the same page in the event of an accident.
In order to avoid costly workers' compensation claims and liability costs that can be incurred by field electricians, businesses are encouraged to promote workplace safety and proper reporting techniques. Providing a standard protocol that all workers must follow in the event of an accident will increase efficiency and allow for everyone to avoid confusion in a time of crisis.
Electrical contracting businesses are encouraged to cover all their bases and prepare for the worst as anything can happen in the field when working at an off site location. Communication and prevention is key to staying out of trouble and remaining profitable for the good of the business and its customers.