5 Steps to Treating an Electric Shock Victim on the Jobsite
For electricians or contractors working with power supplies, electric shock is a high risk that can be fatal for both the victim and your business. Response time by another person can be the difference between life and death, with records showing seven out of ten victims are revived if artificial respiration is performed within three minutes. This makes it essential for safety procedures to be established to prevent injuries and insurance coverage to be provided to avoid financial harm.
Electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical current, typically through an exposed live wire or unsafe equipment and conditions. Electric shock from high voltage, a serious danger mostly for electricians and other contractors, can cause severe burn marks, bleeding, unconsciousness, and more.
If high-voltage electric shock happens to a worker on the job, trained employees should prepare to take the following steps:
1. Turn off or separate the victim from the electrical source. Unplug or shut off the power source. If turning off the power is not an immediate option, separate the person from the electrical source by using a dry, non-conducting object, such as a wooden broom, chair, or rubber doormat. Do not touch the victim.
2. Call 911 immediately. Even if the person does not appear hurt, they still need medical attention. If there is more than one person at the scene, steps 1 and 2 should be performed simultaneously to increase likelihood of survival.
3. Apply CPR, if needed. Only after being separated from the electrical source, check the victim’s vital signs. Perform CPR or rescue breathing if breathing has stopped or seems slow.
4. Check for injuries. For burn marks, rinse with cold running water and cover with a loose, clean, lint-free bandage or cloth. If the victim is bleeding, apply pressure and elevate the wounded area if possible. If spinal injury is suspected from a fall, avoid moving the victim’s head or neck.
5. Inform medical professionals once they arrive. Be specific about what happened and notify them of all injuries noticed.
In addition to first aid, take the time to recognize, evaluate, and control hazards before starting a job to create a safe working environment. Safety precautions should be combined with comprehensive insurance coverage that includes worker compensation benefits. This protects employees and avoids costly lawsuits and fines that can be devastating for your business.
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