Rescuing a shock victim
Electricity is one of the most dangerous things on a construction site. That's why it's so
important to know what to do if someone is electrocuted. In this blog post, we'll go over
the steps you should take to rescue a victim of electrical shock.
1. The first thing you should do is disconnect the power source. If the person was
electrocuted by a live wire, make sure to turn off the power before you try to rescue them.
Otherwise, you could be electrocuted as well.
2. Once the power is off, assess the situation. If the person is not breathing or their heart
has stopped, start CPR right away. If they are still breathing and their heart is beating,
continue to step 3.
3. Look for signs of burns. Electrical burns can often be hidden under clothes, so it's
important to carefully check the victim's body for any signs of burns. If you see any burns,
call for medical help right away.
4. Finally, if the person is not burned and they are still breathing and their heart is
beating, keep them calm and comfortable until medical help arrives. Do not move them unless
it is absolutely necessary, as this could make their injuries worse.
Statistics of death and injury
For workers, electrical dangers are always present. In fact, electrocution is one of the
leading causes of death in this industry. Every year, hundreds of construction workers are
killed and thousands more injured by electrical hazards.
Statistics clearly show that exposure to electricity is still a major cause of deaths among
construction workers. Among electricians, the most serious concern is working “live” or near
live wires, instead of de-energizing and using lockout/tagout procedures.
For a more thorough look at the statistics follow the link below: