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4 Common Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

Electrical safety is imperative to a safe work environment. Reports show that about 1,000 electrical related accidents occur a year in the workplace, which leads to about 30 recorded fatalities. Legally, employers must provide a safe work environment for their employees. Here at Kirby Electric, we promote electrical safety in commercial buildings. Therefore, we have comprised a list of the four most common electrical hazards that can occur in the workplace and how to prevent them.

Faulty or Damaged Wiring

Any wires or cables that are not functioning properly should be removed immediately as they pose a serious electrical hazard. Electrical cables that are frayed, loose, or have exposed wires need to be attended to and replaced. Damaged wires and cables can cause electric shocks and fires.

To prevent this, make sure to schedule regular check-ups for your electrical wiring. We can assist you in the design and construction of your electrical system.

Equipment Safety

Regardless of the type of electrical equipment, they can pose as dangerous electrical hazards if not used properly. Exposure to equipment that is live but presumed dead can cause severe injuries. Shocks from electrical equipment can also lead to falls from scaffolds, ladders, or other suspended platforms.

This is why it is imperative to practice equipment safety protocols when using electrical instruments. Having routine safety seminars and other educational sessions can help inform both employees and employers on safe electrical handling. Checking equipment properly before use is also a way to ensure that equipment is safe.

Overused Outlets

Outlets can only handle so much strain before it becomes a serious shock and fire hazard. Overusing the outlet can lead to overheating or a power shortage. This is a severe misuse of the outlet and should be handled immediately. If the outlet is posing as a threat, do not try and handle it yourself. We can help with any electrical concerns that you may have.


When electricity or electrical outlets are exposed to water, there is a greatly increased risk of shock. Make sure at all times that electric equipment is kept away from any source of water. This includes making sure that all hands are dry when dealing with electrical equipment to prevent life-threatening shocks or burns.

Maintenance and Safety Checks with Kirby Electric

Preventative measures should be taken in order to provide a safe work environment for everyone. At Kirby Electric, we have a variety of services that can assist all of your electrical needs. Our inspection services can help you should any electrical concerns arise. Our preventative maintenance services is a proactive step in keeping your building safe. Plus, our emergency service repair hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is our job to immediately help solve your problem, so you can get back to doing yours.

Kirby Electric Prevents Electrical Hazards

Kirby Electric, Inc. offers premier electrical services for both commercial and industrial contracting. Our dedicated team can help manage your facilities and present energy management solutions. Contact us today and request a quote by phone at (253) 859-2000 or online here to learn more about our services.

08 Feb 2016

4 Preparation Tips for Workplace Power Outages

Workplace power outages happen.  Are you aware of an emergency plan at your work in case of a major power outage? According to the American Red Cross, around 40 percent of small businesses do not reopen after major disasters occur due to insufficient preparation or lack of a proper backup system. In contrast, having an adequate plan arranged ahead of time will ultimately help eliminate the difficulties of doing business during a power outage. To make sure your business and employees are safe and prepared, here are 4 quick tips to keep in mind if the power goes out at work.

1.Door Signage

At times, workplace power outages may require the business to close down for the day because work is unable to be completed or continued. It is imperative for staff to post a sign on the front door that allows customers and employees (who have not arrived yet) understand why the business is closed during regular business hours.

2. Stock Flashlights

One essential item you must have is a flashlight. Make sure there is one stored in the office and the stock room at all times. Also, having backup flashlights is an additional light source that will help you recognize which switches you need to flip to potentially bring the power back on. During workplace power outage, flashlights can bring security for workers and less panic as everyone can function and navigate around the room. Most importantly, don’t forget to have additional batteries in store just for convenience!

3. Prepare for Security Risks

Some businesses may encounter security risks during power outages. If you have security cameras or any electric powered protection devices, you may want to be cautious and contact local authorities to make sure your business and fellow employees are safe. You never know how long the electricity could be out of service. Make sure you act accordingly!

4. Food/Water

You never know how long a power outage will last. For safety’s sake, stock-up on extra food and water for employees and/or customers. Authorities may require you to stay inside your business for security or safety reasons during a workplace power outage, so always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

About Kirby Electric

Kirby Electric, Inc. is a premier electrical contractor specializing in commercial and industrial electrical construction. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team of electricians, low voltage technicians and office staff are led by senior leadership whose core philosophy is consistently delivering exceptional service. Kirby Electric offers a wide array of services to meet the needs of our customers and ensure a smooth operation of their facilities. Learn more about our services by calling 253-859-2000.

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