Wednesday, December 18, 2013

                                        Arc Flash

Every year 1000 of worker come across the accident due to Arc flash. Arc flash burns can be some of the most devastating injuries suffered in the workplace. The worker such as engineers and electricians work near hazardous equipment, they are more prone to serious injuries because of arc flash. So those who work in such environment needs proper guidelines or training to ensure that no serious casualty or injury occurs. 

Engineering controls, administrative controls and appropriate personal protective clothing (PPE) can reduce the risk of arc flash injuries. Electrical accidents happen from either electrical shock or electrical arc flash explosions. 

  There’s no doubt that the results of an arc flash are         often extremely violent. If they occur within in close       proximity to a human the results often lead to serious     injury, even death in some cases.

Arc flash occurs when a flash of electrical current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground.

  In electrical maintenance and electrical test &           measurement, an arc flash incident occurs when         high amperage current or currents “arc” through the   air from one conductor to another.   

According to OSHA, an arc flash can be caused by a variety of catalysts, including dropped tools, condensation, material failure, dust, corrosion, or faulty installation.

According to “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health”, the direct and indirect costs of work injuries and illnesses is $170 billion a year nationwide. This is just a number though. When you figure in the human element and the direct effects injuries have on our quality of life, the value is much greater than a number in front of the dollar sign.

At work or at home fire safety and prevention is a personal responsibility. When taken serious, can be the difference in life or death, and be a positive influence to those around you. Take the time to review your fire precautions in your workplace and help us lower these alarming statistics.