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Modern electrical equipment can help prevent arc flash events

Arc flash events are among the most serious hazards faced by electrical workers in West Virginia and throughout the United States. When workers are using electrical equipment that is capable of producing extremely high levels of heat and pressure, safety precautions must be taken to prevent arc flash events. Such incidents can be as hot as 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit and lead to electrical explosions.

One of the most effective ways that employers can prevent arc flash events is by using modern electrical equipment. Equipment that is outdated may not be equipped with modern safety features that are necessary to comply with current standards. Older equipment that has not been properly maintained may also be more at risk for causing arc flash events.

Newly developed safety features such as arc-fault current interruption and resistance can help reduce the hazards faced by electrical workers. Modern electrical equipment also has new circuitry that is more reliable and less susceptible to electrical failures and contamination from foreign materials. When electrical equipment is able to maintain consistent power without interruptions, the equipment is much safer to work with.

When arc flash events occur, electrical workers can sustain serious burns and even fatal injuries. An attorney may be able to help an injured electrical worker file for workers' compensation. If the arc flash event was partially caused by a third party, an attorney may help the injured parties pursue a personal injury claim. A lawyer could also file a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a worker who suffered a fatal arc flash event injury.

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