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Electrical safety

It has been reported to IMCA that there have been several incidents lately relating to electrical safety.


  • Working on electrical equipment can be a highly hazardous job
  • The identification of the risks involved can be hidden and taken for granted.

Risks associated with working on energised equipment include:

  • Electrical shock/electrocution to personnel
  • Electrical arcing or flash burns
  • Electrical fires

To prevent electrical injuries while working with electrical equipment, ensuring the following safety work practices are followed:

  • Ensure all applicable ‘permits to work’ and stored energy lock-out/tag-out steps are taken;
  • Prior to performing any work a job safety assessment/toolbox talk must be performed to determine the appropriate safeguards and personal protective equipment.

IMCA Safety Flashes summarise key safety matters and incidents, allowing lessons to be more easily learnt for the benefit of all. The effectiveness of the IMCA Safety Flash system depends on Members sharing information and so avoiding repeat incidents. Please consider adding [email protected] to your internal distribution list for safety alerts or manually submitting information on incidents you consider may be relevant. All information is anonymised or sanitised, as appropriate.

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IMCA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in the documents it publishes, but IMCA shall not be liable for any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. The information contained in this document does not fulfil or replace any individual’s or Member's legal, regulatory or other duties or obligations in respect of their operations. Individuals and Members remain solely responsible for the safe, lawful and proper conduct of their operations.