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Clothing can be an important piece of arc flash protection

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2017 | Industrial Worker Injuries, Workers' Compensation |

For Minnesota electricians, personal protective equipment can be critical in reducing the severity of injuries on the job. Arc flash is a particular danger when working on energized electrical feeds; personal protective equipment like an arc flash suit can help to save an electrician’s eyesight, skin or life.

In fact, 2,000 people are hospitalized every year due to workplace injuries from arc flash. Of those, about 400 lose their lives due to extensive burns and infections caused as a result. Many arc flash injuries are caused by work performed on electrified units, and de-energizing can play a significant role in avoiding these types of injuries. Workers should also be wearing proper personal protective equipment or PPE while completing such jobs.

From 2014 to 2017, arc flash protection has significantly improved. Protective wear is now available in more comfortable and effective options. Clothing can make all the difference in outcomes in an arc flash incident.

There are two important factors to consider when selecting the appropriate PPE to protect against arc flash. The first is flame resistance; durable flame-resistant protective wear that lasts for at least 25 industrial washes is important. It’s also key to choose flame-resistant clothing that is arc flash rated; this is a higher level of protection.

In addition, the clothing should be properly insulated. Employers and workers have responsibilities for safety practices, including many regarding PPE and protective clothing.

Workers who have been hurt on the job can suffer severe personal injuries as a result. A workers’ compensation attorney can review a worker’s case and provide guidance in seeking compensation for medical bills and other damages.