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March 7, 2022
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Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity is a serious workplace hazard and can cause significant injuries and even death. The top 2 causes for electrical incidents in the workplace are contact with overhead power lines and failure to de-energize the source of power before working on equipment. There are always ways to avoid the risk of electrical hazards:

  • Always check for overhead power lines when work must be done by use of a lift or ladder. Stay at least 10 feet away from electrical power lines.

  • Always use a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) when connecting to an outlet if the outlet does not have a built in GFCI.

  • Never force a plug to fit into an outlet.

  • Never pull the cable from a distance to release the plug from an outlet, hold he plug and pull it from the outlet.

  • Only use equipment that is double insulated and properly grounded.

  • Inspect all electrical cords before using for damage, fraying, and exposed wires. Take defective equipment out of service until it can be replaced or repaired by a qualified person.

  • Never use electrical tape as a temporary repair to electrical cords and wiring.

  • De-energize and isolate electrical energy by locking and tagging out (LO/TO) the electrical system or parts of the system according to your company’s LO/TO policy. Verify the LO/TO has been done correctly by testing for current.

  • Always unplug power tools and equipment when not in use.

  • Never use electrical equipment where water is present, ensure the work area is dry and clean.

  • Have a fire extinguisher ready, never attempt to put out electrical fires with water.

  • Wear appropriate clothing and PPE when working around electricity, including the right foot, hand, head, and face protection.

  • Extension cords should only be used as a temporary source of power, avoid trip hazards by routing the extension cord around doorways, pathways, and exit routes. Never use staples to tie down electrical cords.

  • Follow manufactures recommendations on all tools and equipment in the workplace.

  • Only qualified personnel should work on electrical equipment.

  • Never store items on or around electrical cabinets.

  • Have all breakers and switches labeled for what it is providing power to.

Source: Glenn Dickey, All-Safe Program Manager at AgriSphere Services, LLC, Decatur, IL:


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