Ensuring Electrical Safety

February 26, 2024

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Electrocutions account for approximately 12 percent of construction fatalities, making electricity one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry. Shockingly, over 600 deaths and more than 30,000 non-fatal shocks occur annually due to electrical incidents. At FWS, we understand the importance of electricity as a valuable resource, but we also recognize its inherent dangers. 

 

Understanding Electrical Hazards 

 

Regardless of voltage, all electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. The human body, being more conductive than the ground we stand on, can become a pathway for electricity if no alternative route is available. It is crucial to take the four main types of injuries associated with electrical hazards—electrocution, electrical shock, burns, and falls—seriously to ensure the well-being of everyone involved. 

 

Preventing Electrical Hazards 

 

We prioritize safety and implement the following measures to prevent electrical incidents: 

  • High-voltage overhead power lines can cause severe burns and electrocution. We maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from these power lines to ensure the safety of our workers. 
  • Using damaged tools and equipment exposes workers to significant risks. Only qualified individuals should attempt repairs, and we conduct regular inspections to identify any cracks, cuts, or abrasions on cables, wires and cords. If defects are found, we promptly arrange for repairs or replacements. 
  • We use the correct wire suitable for the operation and electrical load to prevent overheating, fires and electrical incidents. Additionally, we choose appropriate heavy-duty extension cords and avoid overloading outlets. 
  • Temporary lighting, open power distribution units, and detached parts on electrical cords can cause shocks and burns. We secure these items with suitable guarding mechanisms and promptly repair any exposed parts. 
  • Proper grounding is essential to eliminate unwanted voltage and reduce the risk of electrocution. We never remove the metallic ground pin, which is crucial in returning unwanted voltage to the ground. 
  • Defective or inadequate insulation poses a hazardous condition. We remain vigilant for damaged insulation and promptly report any problems. Before replacing damaged insulation, we ensure all power sources are turned off, and we never use electrical tape as a temporary fix. 
  • Operating electrical equipment in wet locations significantly increases the risk of electrocution, especially if the equipment has damaged insulation. We strictly avoid using electrical equipment in wet areas to prioritize personal safety. 

 

Safety, quality and excellence are the cornerstones of our company culture. Understanding the common electrical hazards and implementing safety measures significantly reduce the risk of electrical shocks and fatalities. Suppose you are passionate about making a positive impact, working in a team that prioritizes safety, and delivering innovative solutions in construction and engineering. In that case, we invite you to explore exciting career opportunities with us. Visit our website today and join FWS, where your skills and dedication will contribute to building a safer and brighter future.  

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