Working Near Electricity  Safety

Working Near Electricity 

Keep power cords away from heat, water and oil. They can damage the insulation and cause a shock.

General safety tips for working with or near electricity:

  • Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) as they will interrupt the electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
  • Inspect tools, power cords, and electrical fittings for damage or wear prior to each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Know where the breakers and boxes are located in case of an emergency.

Why is it so important to work safely with or near electricity?

The electrical current in a regular business or home has enough power to cause death by electrocution. Even changing a light bulb without unplugging a lamp can be hazardous because coming in contact with the “hot” or live part of the socket could cause death. People are injured when they become part of the electrical circuit. Humans are more conductive than the earth which means if there is no other easy path, electricity will try to flow through the body.


*Tool Box Talk based on GC submitted by Robert Totten – P66         Bayway