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5 tips for electrical safety

Electrical hazards lurk in workplaces from offices to construction sites, but you can help prevent injuries, deaths, and damage by training employees how to recognize and avoid potential dangers. Our tips can help.


1  Avoid contact with power lines

Stay at least 10 feet from overhead lines, or de-energize or guard lines when working near them. Call 811 to have utilities mark where underground lines are buried. Use only non-conductive ladders near all power lines.

2  Ground electrical equipment

Use grounded equipment, such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), two-pronged, double-insulated equipment, or equipment with a third plug prong. Inspect equipment and tools before using them and remove damaged ones from service until you fix or replace them.

3  Take care with power tools

Inspect electrical tools routinely, and test them right before using them. If any show maintenance issues, remove them from service. Disconnect power tools when changing blades or bits. Don’t carry tools by the cord, yank the cord to unplug it, or put a cord where it could be a tripping hazard. Use tools in well-lit areas.

4  Wear protective clothing

Electricity and water (and most liquids for that matter) don’t mix. Use safety gloves and footwear when operating electric tools. When working in damp areas, wear rubber gloves and rubber-soled boots or shoes, and use rubber floor mats.

5  Stay on top of housekeeping

Sparks from electrical tools can ignite fumes, so store gases, chemicals, and other flammable liquids away from where tools are used. Always keep walkways and other paths clean and clear so you can reach the power shutoff in an emergency.


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Last updated: 3/22/2021