Working with electricity is risky and can result in burns, fires, explosions or electrocution if it goes wrong.  However, this blog post will tell you some safety tips for working with electricity!

 

Training:
Everyone who is required to work with electricity should be fully trained before they start working.  Apprenticeships are ideal, especially for basic electrical work, and further training and experience is required as the work becomes more specialised.

 

Identify The Sources:
All of the electrical sources on site should be identified before work starts, and wires and cables should be managed.  All employees should also be aware of these electrical points, and warning signs should be used where electricity is present.

Once these sources are identified, they should be checked regularly.  All early signs of damage should be repaired and faults fixed immediately.

 

Turn It Off:

If there is a risk that someone could come into contact with electricity, power should be switched off if possible.  All team members should be aware that the power is to remain off and the ability to turn it back on should rest with a designated (and fully trained) person.

 

Your Response:

If someone does have an accident involving power, you need to know how to respond appropriately.  Remember that the human body can conduct electricity, so ensure that you do not touch them.  Turn the power off, or use a non-conducting object (such as a piece of wood) in order to remove them from the power source.

 

Emergency Plans:

As with many risks on site, they could be fatal.  This means that you need to have an emergency plan in place in order to ensure that everyone knows how to respond in a sticky situation.

 

Hopefully these safety tips for working with electricity have helped to give you an idea of how to keep yourself and your team safe on site.  Trailing leads can be one of the biggest electrical risks on site, and our products are the perfect solution! Find them here.