Protect your workers from electrical hazards

Each year, there are around 1,000 accidents at work related to electricity, with 30 of these being fatal[1]. In light of Electrical Fire Safety Week, Bull Products shares its top tips on how you can protect workers from electrical hazards.

Your site starts and stops with planning

Every construction site carries the risk of a fire starting on site, especially sites that are undergoing refurbishment, demolition or reconstruction. 

Planning in advance rather than reactive ordering is a much more cost-efficient option and results in exactly the right solutions being available on site when they are needed. Doing so will allow you to adapt, react and prepare for any changes whilst protecting workers from electrical hazards as your site progresses.

Control the risks

A risk assessment is a fundamental process in planning, and one that will allow you to mitigate the risk of injuries, reduce downtime and boost productivity in the safest way possible.

According to HSE[2], there are five steps to a risk assessment:

Step 1: Look for the hazards

Step 2: Identify who’s at risk

Step 3: Evaluate the risks

Step 4: Record the findings

Step 5: Review and update

It’s also important that an assessment has been made of any electrical hazards, which covers:

  • Who could be harmed
  • How the level of risk has been established
  • The precautions taken to control that risk

Light the way for safety

Old electrical cabling, temporary electrical lighting and portable equipment are the most common causes of fires on construction sites?

Wireless task lighting is essential for the health and safety of workers, and a key factor when it comes to minimising electrical hazards. The quicker and easier a worker can spot a hazard, the more likely it can be avoided.

When it comes to safely lighting your construction site, LED is the way forward. LED lighting provides durability, high performance and efficiency. It’s also a much more cost-effective option than traditional lighting. Generally, the more yellow the light, the more comfortable it is to work in over long periods. So ideally, you want a yellow light that is 110V.

To support the general lighting in case of an emergency, address the different levels of light required for various needs and uses to ensure the appropriate amount of emergency lighting is installed. Emergency lighting units normally last around one to three hours, providing an ideal solution for designated escape routes such as corridors or stairs.

Ensure compliance with Bull’s fire safety products

No matter how small or big your site is, sufficient fire safety measures are vital. Make sure your site is equipped with all the right fire safety equipment (as outlined in your risk assessment) including wireless fire alarm systems, CO2 fire extinguishers, and detectors, all of which will protect your site and workers from electrical hazards.

Education is pivotal

For any new site, workers should be given a thorough induction, so they are familiar with the site and made aware of any potential electrical hazards and risks.

Regular training can also help to enhance health and safety on site, raise awareness on the importance of risk assessments and guarantee your site is fully compliant with regulations.