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Tips for electrical safety

Tips for electrical safety talk

Electricity plays a role in our daily activities, and it can pose a significant safety hazard if proper procedures
are not followed. Electrical-related accidents occur when workers become part of the electrical circuit
through direct or indirect contact with an open circuit.

Below are a few tips that will help avoid common electrical accidents in the workplace:

  • Before using electrical outlets and electrical or extension cords, make a safety check for loose cable
    connections, bare wires, cracked outlets and missing or damaged face plates.
  • Electrical and extension cords or cables are not to be laid on floors, in walkways, etc. unless it is
    impractical to do otherwise. They should be suspended or secured in such a way as not to block or hang
    in walkways, doorways or work areas.
  • Panel boxes must always have a cover on them, except when being serviced and when a temporary
    cover is in place it should be marked “HOT” to denote live current.
  • Equipment or circuits that are de-energized must be rendered inoperative and have tags attached at all
    points where such equipment or circuits can be energized.

    • Tags must be placed to identify plainly the equipment or circuits being worked on.
    • In addition to the tag, the circuit at the switch box should be padlocked in the “OFF” position.
  • Sufficient space must be provided and maintained in the area of the electrical equipment to permit ready
    and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment.

    • There must be a clearance sufficient to permit at least a 90-degree opening of all doors or hinged panels.


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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