Following standard electrical safety procedures during wiring and installations can save hundreds of people from injury and death per year. Taking precautions for electrical safety in the workplace ensures not only the safe operations of businesses but also the personal safety of its employees. Check out these safety tips to keep you, your workers, and your property safe from electricity-related accidents.
Electrical Safety Tips for Installation Work
Before employing any safety measure, you should do a risk assessment of the wiring or installation job. The evaluation will take the type of electrical equipment, the methods of using the tools, and the environment into account. You must make sure that the tools are working and safe and the condition is ideal for performing the task. In addition, the methods you can follow are:
Do a Thorough Visual Inspection
Many people ignore the visible signs of a potential electrical issue. You have to carefully do an inspection to find out if there are any mislabeled circuit panels. Other discernible signs are burn marks due to overheating, scraped wires, cracked switch, and loose outlets. Furthermore, weird smells or unusual sounds should be mitigated immediately.
Never Forget to SOLO
You have to switch off and lock off (SOLO) all the switches, outlets, and connections before proceeding with an installation work. Make sure that the electrical circuit is dead because working in a ‘live’ environment is the absolute opposite of electrical safety.
Avoid Wet Conditions
Defective appliances and instruments can become electrified and may transmit electricity into wet surroundings. You should not work in such an environment and shun any proximity to water. However, if the nature of the installation demands working, amid a rainy or damp weather, you should ensure that the fuses, isolators, and circuit-breakers are correctly rated and kept closed in. Plus, the sockets, plugs, cables, and fittings must be high-quality to withstand harsh condition.
Stay Away from Overhead Power Lines
Never do any installation work underneath power lines because they can flash over electricity even without touching machinery or equipment. Don’t let your tools, such as a scaffold pole, a crane jib, or ladders within six meters of a power line.
Employ a Professional Technician
Electrical installations in industrial settings require a high level of technical knowledge, experience, and competence. You should hire an electrician who has the training and skill to do the job. If the project involves more specialized work, such as control system revision or high-voltage switchgear maintenance, you will need a professional who has additional training in those sectors.
Electrical installations need regular maintenance over the lifetime to ensure the best protection. Many companies fail to do it due to lack of resources and budget. Nonetheless, you should do it along with following the tips mentioned above for the ultimate electrical safety in your workplace.