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Common Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

Oct 4, 2018 | Electrical Safety, Electrical Tips

We have compiled a list of potential electrical hazards in the workplace that you can watch out for to ensure that your work environment is as safe as possible. Here at Expert Electric, we believe that nobody should be putting themselves at unnecessary risk when going to work, and that is why we offer commercial electrical services that can help you to make your workplace a safer place to spend your day.

Watch Out for Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazards will vary depending on your line of work. A construction worker is going to run into different threats than someone who works in an office. However, some electrical dangers can be present in any work environment, and we have listed a few of them below.

Damaged Electrical Equipment

Whether it is a power tool, a computer, or an extension cord, it is best not to attempt to fix damaged equipment yourself. If the proper precautions are not taken it can result in severe injury. Any issue with a power cord should be immediately unplugged and dealt with by a professional. Do not touch any exposed or frayed electrical components.

Overloaded Circuits or Outlets

Power outlets and cords are designed to handle a limited amount of strain. By plugging too many items into one circuit, you can risk overheating the outlet and causing a fire. Rather than plug too many cords into one outlet, you should seek advice from a trained professional like those at Expert Electric on safe alternatives to supply power.


The operation of electrical equipment in wet conditions can lead to shock. Wet electrical equipment should be inspected before being used again to avoid the risk of residual moisture in the equipment causing a problem. Keep electrical equipment away from all sources of water, and do not handle electrical equipment with wet hands.

Improperly Installed Electrical Equipment

We at Expert Electric always recommend that competent, trained professionals do any electrical installations. Incorrectly installed electrical equipment could lack proper grounding, or it could have wiring that is inadequate for the electrical load being carried through the circuitry. It is best not to tamper with or attempt repairs on any electrical equipment. Instead, call a licensed electrician to safely handle the job.

To learn more about workplace electrical hazards and how to make your work environment safer, or if you would like to know more about any of our commercial or residential electrical services, contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.