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Tools can put workers in danger of electrical shock
Stay safe on the work site with these safety tips
According to the United States Department of labor, there are approximately 350 electrical-related fatalities each year? Perhaps because electricity is such a familiar part of our surroundings, it often is not treated with the respect it deserves. Staying safe at work is just as important as getting the job done. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer some advice on the safe handling of tools at the work site.
Even though you might not be working directly with them, power lines at or near work sites are hazardous because they can carry tens of thousands of volts. Overhead power lines, even though they may look insulated, are not, sometimes causing a false sense of security. Buried power lines are out of site, and without utilizing the proper location service can be nicked or severed causing injury.
Fatal electrocution is the main risk, but burns and falls from elevations are also hazards. Using tools and equipment that can contact power lines increases the risk. Do you use equipment that could put you in danger at the work site? Here are some examples of equipment that can contact power lines:
In order to stay safe, keep the following things in mind. Look for overhead power lines and buried power line indicators before you start work at a site. Before you dig, contact utilities or your local location service to mark buried power line locations. When working near overhead power lines, stay at least 10 feet away from them. Always assume that overhead lines are energized. Use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders when working near power lines.
Taking these steps can keep you safe when working around overhead and buried power lines.