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Staying Safe in the Workplace: Electricity

Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year and rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States. With the safety of our employees, customers, and vendors in mind we would like to share some quick safety tips for electricity around the workplace.

  • Inspect tools, power cords, and electrical fittings for damage or wear prior to each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage cords causing fire and shock hazards.
  • Use cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exists. Unplug any cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
  • Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp.
  • Know where the breakers are located in case of an emergency.
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly.
  • Do not use anything that has exposed wiring.
  • Do not touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident.
  • Switch tools OFF before connecting them to a power supply.
  • Do not operate tools in an area containing explosive vapors or gases, unless they are intrinsically safe and only if you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Most electrical accidents in the workplace can actually be avoided when proper safety awareness is used. So before undertaking any type of electrical work, plan your job and take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of you and those around you.

  1. sfmtusker
    May 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

    The video is indeed educating. Though I knew most of the safety guidelines but it definitely had some very impressive points I never realized. Electric safety plays a very crucial part in workplaces and I appreciate the post for discussing this subject.

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