Portable generators are commonly used in
construction in order to generate electricity in remote areas or for temporary situations.
Many times generators are used during clean up processes following disasters.
While generators can be helpful and necessary, they can result in shock
and electrocution if they are not used properly. According to OSHA, utility
workers can suffer shock and electrocution if they connect the generator
incorrectly to a structure.
In order to protect individuals from injuring or deadly shock, it is important
for workers to maintain and operate portable generators in accordance
with the guidelines provided in the owner's manual. As well, it is
important to never attach a portable generator directly to the electrical
system of any structure, unless the generator has an open-transition transfer
switch. Workers should visually inspect their equipment before use and
remove any defective equipment from service.
It is important to always plug electrical appliances and tools directly
into the generator using the appliance manufacturers supplied cords, in
order to minimize the possibility of a shock. Also, workers can minimize
the possibility of an electrical shock by using proper grounding and bonding.
OSHA recommends that workers use battery operated tools instead of electrical
tools when possible, and use double insulated tools and equipment so that
this reduces the potential for an electric shock. As well, it is important
that workers never use underrated cords in their work, and replace them
with the appropriately rated cords and equipment distinctively marked
for use with generators.
If you are electrocuted in a portable generator practice, then you need to seek
compensation from your employer for worker's compensation injuries. You will want
to talk with a New York workers' compensation lawyer at Katz, Leidman,
Freund & Herman for representation if your employer is hesitant to
grant you the deserved damages. Talk with an attorney at the firm right away!