“While performing OSHA compliance inspections for one of our clients I discovered a recurring electrical hazard that did not have a practical protective solution,” says Deb Hilmerson, Inventor and Hilmerson Safety® CEO.
“Superintendents were frustrated because there was not a safe, OSHA compliant, and economical temporary outlet/switch cover that still allowed workers to be productive. At the time the only options were to de-energize the circuit, which is not always practical or possible, or completely cover the outlet/switch which is too prohibitive. We started making prototypes and testing with the field until they were satisfied.”
During construction various trades remove plastic receptacle and switch covers to complete painting, wall covering, and related finish work. These uncovered receptacles expose workers to electrical hazards and are a direct violation of 1926.405(j)(1)(i).
Electrical hazards are one of OSHA’s most frequently cited standards. Exposed workers can experience serious injuries and even death and Contractors can face maximum fines up to $136,532 per violation.
Electrocution is also one of OSHA’s Focus Four hazards also knows as the “Fatal Four”.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Fatal Four were responsible for approximately 60 percent of all fatalities in the construction industry.