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Jobsite Electric Safety Talk

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Electrical safety should be a consideration on any construction site. Whether or not it is an apparent risk, any electrical sources that have the potential for contact must be evaluated.

Below are some helpful tips for workers regarding electrical safety:

  • During the initial site inspection, it should be noted if there are any high-voltage lines on location.
  • If any power lines are present, a set plan should be established for safely working around them or shutting down the energy.
    • All employees should cover the risks and how to avoid injury during the required tailboard meeting.
  • Ladders used should be made of wood or fiberglass material.
  • If it is determined that a safe distance from lines will be kept instead of shutting them down be alert to activities that could contact the lines such as placing a ladder or scaffolding, even carrying metal material such as flashing.
  • Minimize the use of extension cords and do not overload outlets.
  • Electrical equipment used on site should be properly grounded and double insulated.
  • Avoid wet areas with electrical equipment use.
  • Any heavy equipment used on site should be kept safely back from power lines.
  • If electrical components are being installed or repaired on the site, follow the company lockout tagout (LOTO) pro

High-voltage electricity can jump to a conductor without direct contact. Low-voltage lines are powerful enough to cause injury or death. All workers should be alerted to area hazards and signs should be posted.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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