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    Safety Tips | Electrical safety

    Prevent electrocutions

    September 1, 2011

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    Electrical hazards cause more than 300 electrocutions and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, according to the Rosslyn, VA-based Electrical Safety Foundation International. Many of these incidents could have been avoided with increased awareness about electricity, according to the organization.

    ESFI recommends the following guidelines:

    • Be sure you are properly trained and qualified for the job.
    • Plan every job in advance and consider what could go wrong.
    • Identify electrical shock and arc flash hazards before beginning work.
    • Always use proper tools for the job.
    • Isolate all equipment from energy sources.
    • Test every circuit and conductor every time before working on it.
    • Do not work on electrical equipment and conductors until they have been de-energized.
      Treat de-energized equipment and conductors as energized until lockout/tagout, test and grounding procedures are implemented.
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and use insulated tools for tasks with possible electrical hazards.

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