No One Survives Electrocution
If you are electrocuted, you are dead. If you felt a jolt, but are still walking around, then you have just been shocked. Holding regular safety meetings can ensure all employees are protected against shocks (and electrocution) while on the job.
Electrical hazards can be found on every jobsite, in the shop, at the distribution center, in the manufacturing plant and at the warehouse. Examples include:
- overhead power lines
- damaged tools or extension cords
- improperly insulated equipment
- faulty wiring or missing ground pins
- unsafe work practices
- exposed energized wires in electrical panels or outlets
Workers must be protected from energized electrical parts!
Covers should be in place and locked, if necessary, to avoid accidental contact by persons not qualified to work on electrical equipment.
Openings in electrical panels should be covered, guarded, or protected to prevent accidental shocks or electrocution.
- Never use damaged or defective electrical tools! Remove them from service immediately and tag them "Do Not Use."
- Always inspect your electrical tools before use.
- Never attempt to repair electrical tools or equipment unless you are qualified for the work.
All job sites should be holding regular safety meetings and at least once a year the topic of the safety meeting should be Electrical Hazards. A subscription to Weeklysafety.com provides safety meeting topics on Electrocution, Extension Cords, GFCIs, Hand Tools, and Safe Work Practices all pertaining to safety around electrical hazards.