As one of the “Fatal Four” as designated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution caused over 8 percent of construction deaths in 2016. That being said, electrical safety is always a high priority on the jobsite. Recognizing electrical hazards is the first step to correcting them and keeping workers safe.
4. Overhead Power Lines
Look for overhead power lines when operating any equipment. Workers need to be aware that platforms should always be farther than 10 feet away from power lines. Safe distance requirements can vary, check the OSHA regulations for distances before setting up equipment.
5. Hazards on Platforms
Be alert to electrical hazards when working with ladders, scaffolds or other platforms. Many platforms are made of conductive materials. That means workers need to be alert when working on or moving these structures. Simply using a metal ladder where it could come in contact with electrical wires could cause electrocution.
6. Damaged Electrical Cords
Electrical cords should be checked regularly for wear. If any defect is found in the cord, like damage to the outer jacket, it could put the jobsite at risk for exposed wires or fire. Repairing such a defect with electrical tape will not suffice, it changes the flexibility of the cord and can lead to internal damage. Plus, it does not provide insulation against water.
Cords or cables need to be replaced promptly if they are damaged, worn, or frayed. Extension cords need to be rated for hard or extra hard service and be the three wire variety.
We know safety is a priority on your jobsite, but accidents are never planned. If something goes wrong on the jobsite, you need a lawyer you can trust.
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.