Electrical hazard (EH) rated safety boots are fundamental for anyone who works at environments where the potential for electrocution or any other electrical hazard is at high risk. In fact, electrocutions are one of the most frequent electrical hazards in construction sites. When in direct contact with electric high voltage equipment, such as overhead powerlines or transformer cabins, electrocution can be fatal by cardiac arrest. Each year they cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries.
Electricity flows through conductors including metals, water, earth, but also the human body. When electrical equipment is functioning properly, the circuit is maintained between the tool, the wires and the electric source.
However, in case of a malfunctioning machine or circuit, the operator can become part of the electric circuit. When in direct contact with a “live” wire, a person can feel a tingling sensation, over an intense electric shock, to ultimately a fatal electrocution, depending on the power, frequency and type (AC/DC) of electric source. Voltages over 50V AC or 120V DC are considered hazardous.
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
Protection from electrocution or any other electrical hazard can be obtained in many ways.
One of the most direct and efficient features to prevent electrical hazard is the use of insulating protective equipment inside safety boots.
Safety Jogger offers EH rated boots which protect from electrical hazard by insulation :
- according to ASTM-F2412
- AQL tested in production at 18.000V, 60Hz, AC
- Outsoles made in specific insulating rubber or PU compound
HEALTH RISKS FROM ELECTRIC CONTACT
slight, not painful but disturbing shock
painful shock, loss of muscular control
freezing current, muscular contraction, but can also be pushed away from the circuit
50 - 150 mA
extreme pain, severe muscular contraction, respiratory arrest, death is possible
1.000 - 4.300 mA
heart fibrillation, muscular contraction and nerve damage, death is likely
severe burns, cardiac arrest, death is probable
MAIN CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL INJURY OR ELECTROCUTION
Electric contact can occur in many different ways and situations, we listed to most common below:
- defective or damaged tools, badly maintained equipment
- inadequate wiring, improper grounding
- unsafe work practice or environment
- unexpected exposition to electric parts
- contact with overhead power lines, high voltage circuits
- overloaded circuits, improper insulation