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With electricity, we are dealing with something that cannot be seen but can be very destructive if the proper precautions are not taken. The danger is always there so it is important to know the basics of protection in order to eliminate the hazards. The rules listed here apply to electrical installations used on a construction site--both temporary and permanent--but can easily be applied to home use as well.

  • Extension cords used with portable electrical tools and appliances shall be of three-wire types. Grounds are never to be removed from the extension cords.
  • Temporary lights shall be equipped with guards to prevent accidental contact with the bulb. Guards are not required when the reflector is constructed in such a way that the bulb is deeply recessed.
  • Temporary lights shall not be suspended by their electric cords unless cords and lights are designed for this means of suspension.
  • Splices shall have insulation equal to that of the cable. NO TAPE!
  • Electrical and extension cords or cables are not to be laid on floors, in walkways, etc., unless it is impractical to do otherwise. They should be suspended or secured in such a way as not to block or hang in walkways, doorways or work areas.
  • Panel boxes shall have a cover on them at all times, except when being serviced and when a temporary cover is in place it should be marked "HOT" to denote live current.

 

A GFCI MUST BE USED AT ALL TIMES.

 

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

  • Before using make a safety check for loose cable connections, bare wires, cracked outlets and missing or damaged face plates.
  • During use, be sure plug fits firmly and check for any signs of heating caused by faulty connections.
  • When finished, grab the plug to remove. Yanking a cord from an outlet can:
    • Break cord insulation and wires
    • Pull loose wire connections
    • Bend plug prongs
    • Spread clips inside outlets 

THE THIRD PRONG IS THE GROUND. 

WITHOUT IT, ELECTRICITY ONLY HAS ONE PLACE TO GO – THROUGH YOU!


Rich Reese is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley's, Inc. 

Learn more about Donley's safety program.



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