The safety of all workers on a construction site is a top priority. This includes protecting them against potential shock from electrical hazards. As an electrical professional, you must do what you can to keep staff members safe.
Implement these guidelines to increase electrical safety on a construction site.
Perform Electrical Risk Assessments
Carry out extensive electrical risk assessments before beginning work on a construction site. This helps identify potential electrical hazards and put control measures in place to reduce the odds of harming workers.
Although you cannot anticipate every potential electrical issue, you can reduce the odds of many of them occurring. For instance, find out where the electrical wiring may be an issue on a construction site, then label it for safety measures. Also, use ground fault circuit interrupters for receptacle outlets to prevent electrical shock.
Use Voltage Regulators and Circuit Breakers
If there is an emergency on a worksite, use a surge protector to shut off the power supply. A voltage regulator already should be in place to help prevent the equipment from being damaged over time or during a surge of electricity. These pieces of safety equipment can minimize the effects of the problem.
Enforce Cord and Outlet Safety
Make sure any extension cords and outlet strips being used are in safe working condition. Also, use cable covers and cord protectors for additional safety measures. Additionally, include floor cable protectors to increase their visibility and prevent tripping.
Wear Personal Protection
If you work directly with electricity, wearing personal protection can protect you from exposure. This may include wearing electrical gloves and footwear, a face shield, fire-resistant helmet, and protective eyewear and earmuffs while working with wiring or being close to electrical equipment.
Conduct Electrical Safety Trainings
Regularly hold training on the proper use of electrical equipment and tools. Because workers tend to become comfortable using the machinery, they may begin improperly using it and potentially cause a hazard. Continuously showing staff how to identify and watch for improper use can reduce the risk of equipment-related electrocution.
Identify Electrical Risks
Remind all construction workers to be on the lookout for potential electrical problems. For instance, regularly show them how to identify an electrical abnormality or possible hazard, such as a distinct burning smell. Also, create a safety checklist for staff to use in their daily routine. Plus, help the workers feel comfortable alerting a supervisor to a potential problem.
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