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Electrical accidents and injuries occur every day from the use of unsafe equipment, improper installation, unsafe work environments and unsafe work practices.
The primary hazards – and accidents – are shock, burns, arc-blast, explosions and
fires. Why do these accidents happen? In many cases, because people
get caught up in what they’re doing and overlook basic safety
To help prevent an electrical accident in
your shop, follow these general safety practices:
- Don’t use electrical power equipment or tools if you haven’t
been trained on how to use them.
- Keep power cords out of the path of drills, lathes, grinders
- Don’t carry plugged-in equipment or tools with your finger
on the switch.
- Turn tools and equipment off before plugging them in or unplugging
- Don’t leave tools that are on unattended.
- Don’t handle or operate electrical tools or equipment when
your hands are wet or when you’re standing on wet floors.
or drills, near flammable containers or in an explosive atmosphere,
such as in a spraybooth.
deteriorated insulation should be repaired or taken out of service
power source from the outlet before attempting repairs or service
work. Tag the tool or equipment "out of service."
electrical equipment, the current should be turned off at the
switch box, and the switch should be padlocked in the "off"
power tools that have the ground prong removed or broken off.
adapter or a two-conductor extension cord.
and the double-insulated type, such as vacuum cleaners, grinders
junction boxes – should be provided with tight-fitting covers
(plates, doors). Covers should be closed at all times when the
enclosure isn’t in use.
and licensed electrician.
Information for this article was provided by Universal Underwriters
Group, which offers specialized business insurance to the automotive
aftermarket. For more information, call (800) 840-8842.