It is no secret that electricity poses a serious risk of serious injury or death. Many people are killed on the job while working around power lines or electricity each year.
OSHA recommends the following:
- Assume that all power lines are energized at lethal voltage.
- never assume a wire is safety touch, whether it is down or pierced be insulated
- stay at least 10 -15 feet from overhead wires
- always survey an area before starting work and locate power lines
- never operate electrical equipment while standing in water
- do not repair electrical cords are unless you are qualified to do so
- inspect electrical cords and equipment in them. As to make sure they are safe
- always use caution when working around electricity
Recommended distances from power lines can vary by jurisdiction. But the concept is the same- keep your distance from power lines.
Some helpful tips:
- working on ladders near power lines can be very dangerous keep the latter, yourself and any tools safely away from power lines
- high reach equipment- such as cranes and scaffolding to easily contact the power line. Cranes and derricks require extra safe clearance.
- avoid fallen power lines as you never know if they are alive or not. Report the location of downed lines.
- power line falls on your car, stay in your car, and if you must it out of the car jump clear and do not touch any part of your car in the ground at the same time.
- trimming trees near power lines is a prescription for disaster
- . Keep children away from trees close to power lines
- locate all power lines before digging – contact in the power line with a shovel could turn fatal.
Contacting your local power company prior to beginning work should be your first step.
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- Always inspect power equipment, extension cords and electrical fittings wear and tear or damage.
- tape and do not nail or staple power cords to the walls and floors
- always use the correct size fuse do not replace it with a larger fuse
- extra caution is required in wet or damp areas
- never use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring
- never use power tools where guards have been removed
- in the event of an electrical accident, do not touch a person or the apparatus without first disconnecting the power source.
Basic electrical safety includes inspecting cords and plugs, avoiding numerous connections to one plug, never brick off the third prong of the plug, and never use extension cords as a permanent wiring source.
Safety needs to be a priority when working around electricity. Please visit our electrical injury page at: https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/houston-electrical-injury-lawyer/