Electrocution Hazards in Construction Environments Pt. 1: Worksite Safety
Electricity powers most of the tools and equipment that construction workers use. It lights the work area and can even help keep employees cool on the job. Using electricity all the time, however, makes it easy to forget that it can cause painful shocks, burns, even electrocution. Every year, hundreds of injuries and deaths in the construction industry are caused by electricity, but most of these incidents could have been prevented.
To avoid accidents and injuries, employees need to understand the hazards that are associated with electricity, the federal standards that have been established to protect them from those hazards, and how to stay safe when working with and around electricity. This program reminds employees that they can avoid electrical hazards and electrocution by using proper equipment and following safe work practices.
Topics include OSHA's six types of electrical hazards (BE SAFE), working near above and underground power lines, power tool use and inspection, safe use of power cords, grounding, ground fault circuit interrupters and lockout/tagout procedures.