Safety Management Scenario: Electrocution
Have you ever experienced a good shock? Chances are, you’ve experienced a zap after walking across a carpeted space and attempting to pet an animal or touch some other object. However, the fact you’re reading this today means it’s highly unlikely you’ve ever had a shock so severe that it qualifies as real electrocution.
Electrocution is arguably one of the scariest safety scenarios imaginable. Unfortunately, it’s such a common problem that it’s considered by OSHA to be one of the “fatal four” as far as workplace hazards go. Here at SafetyTek, we’ve developed solutions to mitigate this deadly concern and provide increased peace of mind for the workforce and their families.
Accidental Electrocution: A Very Real Problem
Falling victim to electrocution sounds like an unlikely scenario, but it’s common enough that it needs to be addressed. There’s a reason that processes like lockout tag procedures have become mandatory in business settings. It’s far too easy for people to get a shock or experience full electrocution from faulty equipment.
When working with devices that use powerful currents, there is a real possibility that those tasked with repairs or maintenance could experience electrocution or a powerful shock. As such, it’s incredibly important that businesses take the utmost care in protecting their workers from these hazards.
The Ugliness of Electrocution on the Job
As mentioned above, electrocution occurs more frequently than you might realize. In fact, almost one thousand people die every year in the US while on the job because of electrocution, per the National Institute of Health. Many times, these scenarios transpire simply because of oversight during a safety audit or a miscommunication that happens during an inefficient and lengthy process for identifying, recording and addressing hazards.
For example, in July of last year, a 24-year-old man was killed while on a job site after performing a task within a mud tank. These chambers are designed to hold a clean mixture of drilling fluid, and they are often energized as they need to power a mixing apparatus that prevents settling. As the man was exiting the chamber through a port, he touched a part of the ground where a powerful current was present and was electrocuted. This shows clearly that the equipment was not set up correctly, and a scenario like this one is easily preventable with good safety management.
Prevent, Offset, and Address Electrocution on the Worksite Using Safety Management Software
These situations are beyond tragic—they ruin families and often heavily affect an entire workforce. Not only does it bring grief, but it also instills a sense of fear. Scenarios like the one described above can create the feeling that anyone could be the next victim.
This is where safety management software comes into play. Businesses are accountable for their employee safety, and implementation of modern technology designed to assist with safety procedures is the key to improving outcomes and increasing productivity.
One of the main problems with addressing safety is that it’s historically inefficient. The issue this creates is that many workers will cut corners to save time. Moreover, when someone is comfortable with a dangerous process, they tend to avoid taking all the necessary precautions. Antiquated safety processes involve a lot of busy work which inherently limits the effectiveness of an audit. It’s no wonder many people don’t love dealing with safety procedures.
Safety management software makes the entire process easier and more efficient. It creates increased visibility for areas that might be overlooked, by having information readily available to all rather than locked in an office. It also allows a business to address dangerous components of a worksite much faster than the pen-and-paper method. Perhaps the most important way safety management software helps is by showing your workforce that their livelihoods are a real concern.
Regarding electrocution, it’s a difficult hazard to manage simply because it’s an invisible visible force. Not being able to see current makes it more difficult to handle electrical threats. Electricity is not as obvious as something like a heavy object moving at a high speed which triggers a cognitive response for most people.
As well as simply meeting OSHA standards for properly handling electrical hazards, safety management software allows users to efficiently deal with identifying, recording and mitigating them. This streamlined system makes it easier for staff to gain greater insight into potential threats. It allows businesses to adopt safety into their everyday routine instead of feeling like it’s a huge paperwork burden.
A good example is the unfortunate circumstance we discussed earlier in this piece. Mud tanks are often chambers made from steel today, although some companies still use open designs, like a pit in the ground. The exact details of the suggestion aren’t disclosed, but what is recorded suggests negligence in grounding the current, resulting in his death. A tragedy like that could be prevented with an electrical safety audit to catch the problem before it became fatal. Safety management software makes it much simpler to stay up-to-date with auditing and risk management tasks, removing barriers to better and safer workplaces.
The Right Software Can Change Every Scenario for the Better
Safety management software is the best way to ensure that your workforce is as safe as possible. Electricity is an invisible force. This makes it particularly dangerous for those who aren’t knowledgeable about how it works or trained to deal with the hazards it creates.
Contact SafetyTek for more information on the way that our safety management software can help with real-life safety scenarios. Comment below and reach out on social media today!