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Chapter 10: Electricity

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HealthWiki > Workers' Guide to Health and Safety > Chapter 10: Electricity


a worker turning a switch from ON to OFF on a machine where another worker has been shocked.

Electricity powers the lights and machines that make factory production possible. But if wires are not properly connected and maintained, electricity can injure and kill people. Unsafe electrical equipment, uncovered wiring, overloaded circuits, and unsafe use of extension cords can cause fires, burns, and dangerous shocks. Workers can also trip and fall over cords lying on the floor. When poor maintenance damages machinery, the machines can give you dangerous, even deadly shocks. Also, sparks from exposed wires can start fires.