We all use electricity. From powering our lights to our cell phones, it’s almost impossible to live a modern life without it. Electricity also renders itself as an integral force in the construction industry. It powers tools, keeps workers safe by making lighting possible, and generally makes the construction of our huge, modern-scale projects possible.
However, we all know that electricity can be dangerous. Electrical shock, depending on how much power that shock contains, can very easily lead to severe injury or death. OSHA regulations dictate that all workers deserve a safe place to do their jobs. How can you, as an employer, make sure this happens when electrical hazards can present themselves at every turn?
MC Tool & Safety has the answers. As providers of general contractor supplies and construction equipment, we know all about keeping workers safe on the job. Below, we talk a bit about a few common electrical hazards you might find at a construction site, as well as what types of personal protective equipment can help ensure your project’s safe completion.
With Electricity, There’s No Such Thing as Too Safe
OSHA law is nuanced, complicated, and extensive when it comes to construction and electricity. However, according to OSHA’s official website, it is the responsibility of the employer to educate his or her employees in proper hazard recognition and avoidance as it pertains to the job at hand. As it’s nearly impossible to have all applicable law memorized, a significant part of dealing with electrical hazards boils down to firsthand knowledge of these hazards. In simpler terms, you need to know what could possibly injure your employees and tell them to avoid it!
When it comes to electricity, hazards can mean:
● Aged equipment | As sturdily as construction equipment is made, nothing is immune to the passage of time. The wearing down of your team’s power tools can mean exposed wiring and a nasty shock. Instruct your workers to give each tool a quick once-over before use, and purchase new ones when needed or invest in power tool repair services.
● Power-circuit overload | Observe the power limits of any applicable outlets to prevent overload and surging, which can damage your electrical systems and lead to an unsafe situation.
● Improper safety gear | All construction workers should wear the proper safety equipment when working in areas wherein electricity is likely to be a hazard. This can include but is not limited to, electrical gloves, safety goggles, and protective ear-wear.
Have a Hazard? We Have the Equipment to Help
At MC Tool & Safety, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers and their on-the-job safety. Give us a call now at 763-786-5350, or toll-free at 888-206-2569.