Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Construction workers are exposed to electrical hazards that could result in electrical shock, burns, lacerations, or even electrocution. These hazards are caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Improper grounding or insulation. Improper or inadequate insulation can cause electrical shock. 
  • Working on or near overhead and underground power lines. Working on or near overhead and underground power lines can cause electrocution if safety precautions are not taken to de-energize these lines or to prevent contact with energized lines.
  • Hazardous energy sources in machines and equipment. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. Controlling this energy involves following proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices.

In This Section

  • General Electrical Hazard Safety 
  • Ground Fault Electrical Safety 
  • Power Line Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout

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