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Preventing Common Electrical Hazards, Part 1

Preventing Common Electrical Hazards, Part 1Each year, OSHA reports on deaths and injuries attributable to electricity. In most cases, the deaths and injuries are due to one or more unsafe acts. So most of these deaths and injuries are preventable.

In this short series, we’ll look at some things you can do to protect yourself. Let’s start with a product that is extremely useful and perfectly safe to use, except when used in an unsafe manner. That’s the portable cord.

  • Inspect portable cords before using. Look for kinks or other damage in the jacket. Replace any cord that appears damaged. If someone attempted to repair a portable cord with tape, assume the cord is unserviceable. Marking tape is acceptable, but tape used to “repair” the cord is not acceptable.
  • Keep cords clean. Conductive ink, paint, grease, or grime can create an electrocution hazard out of an otherwise safe cord. If a cord is dirty, wipe it down with a damp cloth, then dry it off with a second cloth.
  • See if the plug and receptacle ends of the cord are firmly attached. If either one slides along the cord, replace the cord.
  • Route cords such that people won’t walk on them (this helps protect the cord and prevents a tripping hazard). Where this is unavoidable, run the cords in protective wireways made for the purpose.
  • Route cords away from sources of water such as water faucets and drains.

Part 2 » | Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection