Electrocution continues to be the 4th leading cause of death among construction workers
The reality is, most workers are unaware of many of the potential electrical hazards on the jobsite or disregard known hazards because following safety protocol is time consuming. However, most work-related electrocutions are preventable.
Causes of electrocution on construction job sites:
Working near “live” wires
Direct or indirect contact with live electrical equipment and wiring
Contact with overhead power lines
Contact with machinery, appliances, power tools, portable lights and defective power/extension cords
Touching metal objects that have become energized: ladders, pipes, etc…
Working in cramped areas: attics, crawl spaces
Tips to preventing most work-related electrocutions*:
Comply with OSHA regulations on electrical safety
Train employees on electrical safety
Contact utility companies in advance to de-energize or insulate overhead power lines
If asked to work live, verify with owner/client that de-energizing live electrical circuits/parts is not practical or would create a greater hazard.
Only allow work on live electrical circuits/parts in accordance with a permit system with specific procedures.
The Current Cover™ is a temporary safety cover with a peel and stick robust adhesive backing that secures firmly to the receptacle tabs that allows construction workers to work safely around energized outlets, switches and other electrical fixtures.
“We are currently working on a $34 million senior living facility called Cadence Olney, and ordered two sample packs of your Current Covers™ as a way to improve safety and efficiency in the field during construction. The Current Covers™ work perfectly, are quick and easy to install and provide the safety measures we required on our jobsites. We have been so pleased with how well these work, that we have placed another, larger order and will be recommending them to other field teams within Harkins.”
– Rob Maybach, Superintendent, Harkins Builders, Inc.
Hilmerson Safety® is a full-service safety product design and manufacturing company serving the construction industry. Since 2001 Hilmerson Safety® has been working with construction industry leaders and contractors to develop safe, lean, construction-grade™ products and solutions that add to the company’s bottom line.
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