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What does an electrician do?

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Electricians work in commercial, industrial, or residential settings. Some of their main duties are to:

  • Install, repair and maintain electrical systems.
  • Conform to electrical, building, and fire codes, and other regulations.
  • Read, prepare or interpret blueprints and drawings.
  • Prepare cost estimates and documentation for clients.
  • Use, clean and maintain various equipment.
  • Supervise journeymen, apprentices or other workers.

What are some health and safety issues for electricians?

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Electricians work in a variety of settings and may be exposed to several hazards, including:

What are some preventive measures for electricians?

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  • Inspect work area before work starts to identify potential hazards and their controls.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment for the task, including footwear.
  • Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
  • Avoid awkward positions, and repetitive tasks, or take frequent breaks.
  • Use safe lifting techniques.
  • Follow a recommended shift work pattern, and know the associated hazards.

What are some good general safe work practices?

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  • Fact sheet last revised: 2021-03-22