Job Site Safety
Make Electric Safety a Priority on the Job Site: Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States , according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. An important way to reduce electrical shock accidents is to institute and follow established procedures for preventive maintenance. This is the responsibility of the employer, employee and owner — establishing a close working relationship to reduce and eliminate electrical accidents. Remember, never ignore electrical problems. Here are a few tips for electrical safety on the job site:
- Choose proper cords and connectors for the job.
- Make sure any portable cord used to power any type of light and/or heavy-duty industrial equipment is suitable for the equipment — not only gauge size but also flexibility, strength and ability to withstand any chemicals that may be present.
- All testing equipment should be properly calibrated.
- Make sure the extension cord thickness is at least as big as the electrical cord for the tool.
- Read and follow all equipment operating instructions for proper use.
- Leave equipment repairs and adjustment to authorized personnel.
- Sticking switches on electrical saws should be replaced at once. After the switch is released, always maintain control of the saw until the blade has stopped.
- Never operate an electric saw while wearing loose clothing such as an unbuttoned jacket or long, floppy sleeves.
- Make sure safety rules are followed at the end of the work day or when a job is finished.
- Follow required lock-out/tag-out procedures.
- Turn off equipment when finished with job.
- Disconnect energy sources.
- Release stored energy to make sure no power is getting to the equipment.
- Keep work areas clean and dry. Cluttered work areas and benches invite accidents and injuries.
- Good housekeeping and a well-planned layout of temporary wiring will reduce the dangers of fire and shock hazard.