California exceeds federal rules for work site electrical safety

| Dec 12, 2019 | Firm News |

Due to the year-round mild weather, building projects are always in process in the Los Angeles area. Construction sites are dangerous locations under the best circumstances. However, when they fail to adhere to federal and California industry safety standards, the likelihood of serious injuries increases. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrical construction regulations are in place to protect workers from electrocution, electric shock, explosions and fire. Employees who work on construction sites with electrical work should receive specialized training. Outreach sessions can help them recognize common hazards and avoid them. Employers can implement particular processes that reduce or eliminate the risk of injury that can accompany electrical work, including work tasks that take place near power lines. 

Simplify Compliance states that California has electrical safety standards that are stricter than federal regulations. They include first-aid provisions and safe work practices to help minimize risk to workers. Not only do they apply to all electrical installations but also to the equipment necessary to complete on or near electrical systems. There are separate sets of codes for high voltage and low voltage. 

Employers are responsible for maintaining safe conditions of a job site. California statutes address a variety of topics related to electrical safety, including the following: 

  • Electric power generation 
  • Hand and portable power tools 
  • Electrical safety 
  • Machine safety 

Employers have the responsibility of maintaining safe working conditions for their employees. If construction zones do not comply with federal and state requirements, fines to the employer can be significant. Workers with inadequate training have a higher risk of severe or fatal injury on a job site.