12 Jobsite Electrical Safety Tips to Keep in Mind


12 Jobsite Electrical Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Most of us have developed a healthy respect for the energy produced from charged particles. Whether we’ve received a shock ourselves or learned through education, we have a good level of electrical awareness. And it’s this level of attention that allows us to live and work around electricity without incident.

However, accidents involving injury due to electrical shock and burns still occur, so it’s a good idea to frequently review the fundamental rules to make sure you stay healthy and safe.

Here’s a quick list of electrical safety tips to help raise awareness of electrical hazards in and around the jobsite:

  1. Assume all wires are energized at lethal voltages.
  2. Use extreme caution with flammable materials. Electrical equipment that can cause ignition must not be used where flammable vapors or gas is present.
  3. Visually inspect all equipment every day. Look for damaged wires or defects, especially to the cord or plug.
  4. When working at heights or handling long objects, look above for overhead electrical wires.
  5. Don’t yank on power cords, staple them or hang other equipment from the cords.
  6. If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.
  7. Isolate and de-energize equipment by locking and tagging out the electrical system or parts of the system according to your company’s Lockout/Tagout policy.
  8. Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
  9. If you are not a qualified electrician, ask one to inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
  10. If you’re working on equipment or performing maintenance on an electrical panel, remember to put physical barriers in place so others will not enter the area.
  11. Stay vigilant and always follow your company’s safety procedures.
  12. Regularly inspect your PPE and make sure you’re fully stocked with proper insulated tools and electrical testing equipment

Stay Protected

Being mindful of electrical safety tips can be the difference between an injury and a successful job. But tips are just the start—it’s equally important to have the electrical safety equipment you need.

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