Overhead and buried power lines are especially hazardous because they carry extremely high voltage. Fatal electrocution is the main risk. but burns and falls are also hazards.
* Look for overhead power lines and buried power line indicators.
* Stay at leaast 10 feet away from overhead power lines and assume they are energized.
* De-energise and ground lines when working near them.
* Use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders when working near power lines.
Normal wear on cords can loosen or expose wires. Cords that are not 3-wire type, not designed for hard-usage, or that have been modified, increase your risk of contacting electrical current.
* Use only equipment that is approved to meet OSHA standards.
* Do not modify cords or use them incorrectly.
* Use factory-assembled cord sets and only extension cords that are 3-wire type.
* Use only cords, connection devices, and fittings that are equipped with strain relief.
* Remove cords from receptacles by pulling on the plugs, not the cords. Osha Fact 2
Due to the dynamic, rugged nature of construction work, normal use of electrical equipment causes wear and tear that results in insulation breaks, short-circuits, and exposed wires. If there is no ground-fault protection, it can cause a ground-fault that sends current through the worker's body.
* Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) on all 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles, or have an assured equipment grounding conductor program(AEGCP).
* Use double-insulated tools and equipment distinctively marked.
* Visually inspect all electrical equipment before use. Remove from service any equipment with frayed cords, missing ground prongs, cracked tool casings, etc.
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