In the first part of this article, a Nashville contractor lawyer explained some of the hazards of portable generators and some safety tips. In part two, we will go over two more hazards and the consequences that could arise.
Since generators supply electricity, workers must be familiar with the hazards of electrical shocks that can occur when working near one. Generators can also present additional risks because they do not have circuit breakers or other internal safety devices. For those reasons, only a qualified electrician should connect a generator to a structure’s electrical system. An improperly installed transfer switch poses a threat of electrocution from wiring systems for a great distance.
Any cords plugged into a generator need to be the grounded three-pronged version, rated for the electrical capacity you need, and be in good condition, meaning without nicks or exposed wires. Extension cords with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are necessary when the site conditions are, or could be, damp or wet. Also, at a wet or damp site make sure the generator stays dry and no one touches it if it’s in standing water.
Because generators need fuel to run, there is a risk of fire. If a generator runs long enough, it becomes hot and any fuel spilled on the engine parts could ignite. Generators need to be shut off and have time to cool down before additional fuel is added to the tank. Fuel needs to be stored away from heat and flame, including worker break areas. Any spark or ember from a welder, cigarette, or angle grinder could set fire to fuel or fuel vapors that can drift a significant distance away from their containers.
If there was a fire, damage to the site or loss of equipment may be covered by your insurance policy. If your insurance company denies your claim, you may still have a chance of receiving payment. The lawyers at Cotney Construction law offer can offer you experienced legal representation.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.