It should be obvious that electrical safety in the workplace is definitely no laughing matter, and one of the worst things that can happen to a company is having someone die on the job. Not to mention the effect it has on friends of the victim, families of the victim, and co-workers who were unfortunate enough to be present when the incident occurred. We don’t want ANYONE to suffer through and ordeal like this, so we think it’s important for EVERYONE to brush up on their basic electrical safety practices to prevent occupational electrocution.
Employees should be given PPE and tools when working near or around electrical threats and hazards. There should also be an effective tag/lockout procedure intended for work on electrical circuits and equipment. All employees must be notified of the locations of threats and hazards and must be advised on the correct protective measures needed to avoid contact with energized circuits. Also safe practices should be used to prevent electrical shock and other injuries which includes de-energizing live parts, discharging capacitors, lockout, etc. All portable electric tools and equipment should be double insulated or grounded. And all electrical boxes and equipment should be fitted with approved covers. Replacement of all damaged, frayed, or defective electrical cords should be done immediately. “Use the right tool, for the right job, in the right way… Because safety is everybody’s business”..
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, electrical safety in the workplace is NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY! A majority of electrical incidents in the workplace happen due to ignorance, laziness, or failure to adhere to the rules, regulations, or requirements set forth by regulatory committees as well as on-site rules and industry best practices. Failure to take electrical safety seriously could result in a consequence that is definitive and irreversible. Yes, following a bunch of rules can be a hassle and tiresome, but it is a small price to pay when your life is what is at stake.
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