Occurs when you touch electrical wiring or equipment that is improperly used or maintained
Typically occurs on the hands
Very serious injury that needs immediate attention
Recognize the Hazards Have you seen areas like these? Both are NEC violations and present a safety hazard, based on inaccessible circuit control devices Do not block the working space around electrical equipment (600 volts, nominal, or less). This space provides and maintains sufficient access and working space to permit ready and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment
Recognize the Hazards What do you do if you see these situations? Call a timeout and inform your supervisor Do not remove or open receptacle covers, switch plates, or covers of electrical equipment unless qualified and authorized
Assume all exposed wiring is energized until proven otherwise. STOP, protect the area and contact supervision if you encounter this situation
Potentially energized exposed wire with status unknown
Recognize the Hazard Tripping and Abrasion Hazards
Don’t cause tripping hazards or create pinch points for cords
If you must run a cord temporarily across the floor, protect your co-workers by covering the cord appropriately
Not OK OK
Recognize the Hazards Remove from service damaged or frayed cords Report electrical equipment damage to your supervisor Stay clear of bare, exposed wiring and REPORT IT!
Visually inspect electrical equipment before each use for damage and/or external defects such as loose, missing or deformed parts, pinched or crushed outer jackets or insulation. This type of external damage may indicate internal damage to the equipment.
Electrical cords that are worn or damaged must be replaced without delay.
Before cleaning electrical equipment, turn it off and unplug it.
Recognize the Hazard Cabinets, Boxes, and Fittings
Junction boxes, pull boxes and fittings must have approved covers in place
Unused openings in cabinets, boxes and fittings must be closed (no missing knockouts)
Photo shows violations of these two requirements
Report this situation to management
Recognize the Hazards Never daisy chain multi-outlet strips (plugging into each other)
When penetrating walls to hang pictures, bulletin boards, signs, understand and follow site requirements to ensure that concealed electrical wiring, conduit or piping will not be contacted
A non-obtrusive survey (e.g., Ground Penetrating Radar, proximity detection device) may be required, along with a review of applicable drawings, to ensure that the electrical system is not penetrated or contacted