How much thought do you give each day to the dangers that electricity can pose? Since your work tasks can involve handling electrical wiring and electronic tools, it is necessary to take time to consider the possible hazards associated with electricity and how best to avoid them.
Causes of Shocks
Electricity travels in closed circuits, normally through a conductor. However, sometimes a person’s body—an efficient conductor of electricity—mistakenly becomes part of the electric circuit. Shocks occur when a person’s body completes the current path with at least one of the following:
Both wires of an electric circuit
One wire of an energized circuit and the ground
A metal part that accidentally becomes energized (such as a break in its insulation)
Another “conductor” that is carrying a current
When a person receives a shock, electricity flows between parts of the body or through the body to the ground.
Inspect Your Environment
Accidental grounding is one of the most common preventable incidents occurring when working with electricity. One way to avoid this is by always checking equipment and tools for these conditions:
Broken or cracked insulation
Defective cords and plugs
Frayed cable wiring
Loose or broken switches
If any of these conditions exist, cut the supply of electricity to the item and fix or address the problem before proceeding. Above all, do not proceed until the hazardous situation is fixed!
Additional Safety Rules
Turn off all power to the device and/or unplug it before working on electric or electronic circuits.
Never work on electrical equipment in a wet area.
Remove all metal jewelry including watches and rings before working with electrical circuits.
Always use the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job, even if it may seem unnecessary.
Maintain equipment and tools regularly.
Always check the electrical ratings of equipment and components and stay within the recommended ratings. Never overload circuits or equipment.
When using a tool to handle energized conductors, check to make sure it is designed to withstand the voltage and stresses to which it has been exposed.
Always check for overhead electrical wires
If you or a co-worker does receive a shock, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Even if the victim does not exhibit signs of injury or stress, internal injuries may have resulted from the shock. Even low voltage shocks can be fatal.
Knowing how to work safely with electricity can save your life. Stay alert on the job, always double check for hazardous situations and don’t take any unnecessary chances.
If you need assistance or have any questions about your electrical safety program, contact us today at 586-778-9900
Don’t ever forget, your family is counting on you to come home from work safe every day