Look Twice, Act Once - Report ALL Incidents!

Welcome to a special Post-Script edition of our Look Twice, Act Once blog for this month. Because of the shorter month (what with all the holidays and all) we felt it was a good idea to throw another post up for you all to check out, so we can help you be safe on site at all times.

This week, we want to point out the legalities around electric shocks, and what you should and must do in the event that one occurs – either to yourself or someone else.

In the event that an electric shock takes place, you MUST report it immediately to the relevant authorities, or at least as soon as practicably possible. The reasons behind this are not only for legal reasons, but also for your own safety.

Recently, we have had a couple of electric shocks which have occurred amongst EGT employees. When they occur, we expect the tradespeople involved to immediately report the incident. This is for three overarching reasons:

  1. Your Own Health

    When an electric shock occurs, it can do all sorts of things to your body – including damage or disruption to the heart. It can cause the heart to beat irregularly, which can, in turn, cause a host of other issues including blood clotting, and even stroke. It is imperative the person who is shocked is able to get an ECG as soon as possible after a shock occurs, to rule out and irregularities in heart rhythm and any potential damage. If you do not report the issue, this may not happen for hours, or even longer – and by then the damage can already be done.
  2. The Health and Safety of Others

    If a shock occurs, a site inspection must be undertaken to try and ascertain how the shock occurred. The inspection must take place immediately after the shock, so that the investigator can see the site in the same state as it was when the tradesperson was shocked, and see any factors which may have contributed to the shock taking place. This is not only for your safety, but for the safety of all others on the site as well.
  3. Legal obligations and requirements

    As an electrical industry worker, there are certain requirements and obligations under the relevant legislation which expressly state the requirements of reporting electric shocks, and outline the procedure and timeframes of reporting such and incident, as well as who to report it to. Because you work in this industry, you are governed by these regulations, and you must abide by them. Otherwise, you are breaking the law and can be fined, or worse.

We here at EGT take the safety of our employees, and others, extremely seriously. That is why we are highlighting the above – to make sure that you, and others, are safe on site. A worksite where everyone goes home at the end of the day, is the best barometer of a safe site – and that includes people who go home healthy, safe, and shock free!

Published on: Friday, 29 April 2022