Texas electricians are exposed to danger each day they report to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 175 electricians are killed on the job each year, half of whom die while working in construction. Statistics show the electricians are typically in their 20s or 30s and are electrocuted while repairing things like appliances, air conditioning units, light fixtures, wiring and underground power lines.
Because the job is so dangerous, electricians must undergo five years of apprenticeship. During this time, a supervising journeyman electrician is completely responsible for an apprentice’s safety. Once someone becomes an electrician, experts suggest that they only associate with companies and unions that promote high safety standards. The best job sites retain a full-time safety officer.
There are several things electricians can do to ensure their safety while working with electricity. The first is to make sure the power is turned off before working on electrical equipment. This may seem obvious, but failure to follow this safety guideline has resulted in many injuries and deaths. Second, the switch or circuit breaker must be turned off before working on it. Next, electricians should use “lock out/tag out” procedures for protection. Workers should also always wear proper protective equipment. Finally, experts urge electricians to periodically get their equipment inspected, to avoid short cuts and to never become complacent around electricity.
When workplace safety isn’t maintained, injuries can happen. Texas electricians who suffer an on-the-job injury may want to consult with an attorney about their available options. In some cases, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help pay for the costs of medical care and treatment.