In Wisconsin, an electrician work injury can occur in a single work accident or it can build up from an electrician’s job duties over time. We have had electricians with herniated discs in the neck or cervical spine as well as the lumbar or low back. Degenerative disc disease is work related if caused by job duties over time.
Electricians are required to:
• Read blueprints or technical diagrams
• Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
• Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
• Identify electrical problems with a variety of testing devices
• Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
• Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electric Code
• Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment
Installing electrical systems in newly constructed buildings may be less complicated than maintaining equipment in existing buildings however it can be physically demanding. In existing structures, maintaining equipment and systems involves identifying problems and repairing broken equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Maintenance work may include fixing or replacing parts, light fixtures, control systems, motors, and other types of electrical equipment.
Electricians read blueprints, which are technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. Electricians use different types of hand and power tools, such as conduit benders, to run and protect wiring. Other commonly used hand and power tools include screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. While troubleshooting, electricians also may use ammeters, voltmeters, thermal scanners, and cable testers to find problems and ensure that components are working properly.
Electricians work indoors and outdoors, in homes, businesses, factories, and construction sites. Because electricians must travel to different worksites, local or long distance commuting is often required. On the jobsite, electricians work in cramped spaces, and constant standing and kneeling can be tiring. Those who work in factories are often subject to dangerous industrial conditions.
Electricians perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit and moving and lifting heavy objects. Electricians must be able to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting equipment (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. Handling hazardous materials and exposure to electrical and other environmental hazards can cause a workers compensation injury. Electricians have a higher rate of union membership and in the Milwaukee area include IBEW Local 494, IBEW Local 715, and IBEW 2150.
[nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″] in Milwaukee, Wisconsin strongly supports organized labor and the union movement, which is making a comeback. Common sense labor relations requires collective bargaining.