Use of Electricity Toolbox Talks
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Use of Electricity
Introduction: Electricity is silent, invisible, and potentially fatal, so it deserves the utmost respect. Never ever take electricity for granted, and never assume a circuit is dead.
• The lowest practical voltage should be used on construction sites, which should not exceed 110v.
• Only suitable and authorised electrical supplies and equipment should be used, which should be installed and maintained by trained electricians.
• Suitable protection such as circuit breakers, fuses, and residual current devices, must always be used, along with the correct load ratings.
• Electrical cables should be suspended where practicable to avoid damage and damp (which also reduces a trip hazard).
• Carry out visual checks of plugs, sockets and cables – if any damage is identified then remove from service and report immediately.
• Any cable joins must utilise proper connector blocks, not just insulating tape.
• Never use lighting sockets to power equipment.
• Ensure cables are long enough for the task – they should not be pulled taut.
• The inner insulation of cables should never be visible – the outer insulation should extend into plugs and equipment and fully utilise cable grips.
• Blown fuses should be replaced immediately – never make do with a “bodge” (note: if a replaced fuse immediately blows again then it is indicative of a problem requiring the attention of an electrician).
• For electrical maintenance work ensure the mains supply is disconnected.
• Never overload electrical sockets – one plug per socket!
• Where “emergency stop” switches are present ensure they are tested regularly.
LIVE ELECTRICITY CAN EQUAL A DEAD PERSON
– ENSURE IT ISN’T YOU OR YOUR MATES!
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