Common Risks for Electrical Work

When conducting a Risk Assessment for electrical work, there are a number of common risks need to be considered:


Remove flammable items from the work area.

Keep a suitable fire extinguisher on hand, such as CO2.

Slips, Trips, and Falls:

Observe good housekeeping practices.

Cover or relocate trailing cables to a safe position.

Wear non-slip footwear at all times.

Set up warning signs where non-removable trip hazards are present in the work area.

Electric Shock:

Use secure isolation methods, such as locking-off and signage.

If lock-off box is not available, lock the DB box or switch room door and keep the keys with a competent person.

Do not perform work in wet areas.

Check cables and equipment for signs of damage.

Use low voltage or battery tools if necessary.

Falls from Height:

Inspect scaffolding or scaffold towers before work commences.

Mobile elevated work platforms to be Inspected and used by trained persons.

Ensure handrails are in place and secure.

Use airbags or safety nets as necessary.

Implement a fall arrest system.

Keep work areas clear and free from trip hazards.

Use toe boards and secure tools from falling with ropes.

Use ladders as a last resort and only for short durations.

Choose the correct type of ladder, inspect it before use, and secure it at the correct angle.

Permit to Work System:

Implement a permit to work system that includes a sign-off sheet.

Manual Handling:

Use proper lifting techniques to reduce the risk of injury.

Provide adequate training in manual handling.

Use mechanical aids, such as hoists and trolleys, when available.


Provide personal hearing protection.

Monitor noise levels regularly.

Use engineering controls, such as enclosing noisy machinery, to minimise exposure to noise.

It’s important to regularly review and update the risk assessment to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness in controlling risk.

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