Electricity hazards are limitless and oftentimes would occur when you least expected it. Misinformation can lead to something really serious, even death, at times. Every year there are about at least 1,000 accidents at work involve burns or electric shocks. There are around 30 of these cases that are quite fatal, with most of them being due to contact with underground or overhead power cables.
If you work in this kind of industry, you need to always make sure that you observe electrical construction safety as you go about your day-to-day work routine. Even the most professional electricians and contractors are exposed to the dangers and risks of electricity while working, which is why everyone should be aware of the possible dangers that may happen.
Why electrical construction accidents occur
Construction sites are highly dangerous because of its harsh environment, not to mention the fact that there will be a lot of workers working with machinery and equipment that are usually run by electricity. The most common mistake that these workers commit is getting near or working on equipment that they thought are already dead, but they there were in fact wrong and that’s when the accident happens. Another case is that there are workers with no adequate training and knowledge when it comes to electrical construction safety rules and regulations, hence they do not take the necessary precautions. There are also instances when electrical equipment was used improperly.
Preventing electrical hazards
The first step to preventing these hazards and risks from occurring is to be always responsible. As a worker or as an electrician, you must be aware of the obligations and legal duties that your profession comes with. It is your moral duty to abide by these rules and regulations in order to protect your safety and of course, the safety of your co-workers, as well. Electrical systems should be constructed properly to prevent dangers. Regular maintenance and inspection should also be done to ensure that the system is working properly as expected.
With regards to any electrical equipment, only those who are skilled and licensed enough should be the ones to operate or work with the equipment. If you think you do not have enough knowledge about it, don’t take the risk and just leave it to someone who is experienced enough to handle the job. There must be enough outlets and sockets around the work area so that overloading won’t have to happen. Adapters are not recommended in electrical construction sites since it can lead to fire incidents when overloaded.
If you can, reduce or lower the voltage of power as it helps in eliminating the risk of burns and electrical shocks. Once the equipment is already faulty and not suitable for use, take it out of the workplace immediately, or at least have it labeled as “Do Not Use” for other workers’ reference. In cases when equipment repair is necessary, only call out for technicians or workers who can adequately and expertly do the job. Never assume or take chances when you are not 100% sure of anything. Remember that one simple mistake can lead to something fatal or serious, so you have to be cautious all the time.
You will also have to wear protective gears and clothing whenever you are working in an electrical construction environment. You can wear protective gloves and body suits that are non-conductive, to make sure that you stay as protected and as safe as possible.
Source by Jov Ordonia
The use of electrical conduit is practical for routing and protecting electrical wiring. It comes in a variety of materials, such as fired clay, fiber, plastic and metal. Also, the conduit is either rigid or flexible. For the most effective installation, it is important to use the correct size that offers enough space for the wires that run through it.
Here are a few of the differences of working with or without the electrical conduit:
Wiring with Conduit
A major benefit of using the electrical conduit throughout the home is the ability to give greater protection to the wiring. The fired clay, fiber, plastic or metal material used to manufacture the sleeve is strong and durable, and has the potential to last for a very long time.
By using the conduit it is a lot easier to renovate or replace existing applications that were installed in a building. Plus, the process of passing wires through a smooth sleeve is a much easier process compared to working with random sized holes cut into the walls.
Also, in the event of a short of the wiring, it is a lot more straightforward to find and repair the defective wire when it is concealed and kept together in a conduit, especially if the installing took place behind a wall or underground.
Installing wiring without conduits
Even though the conduit can give the extra protection for the wiring, it does have its limits, and isn’t a practical choice for every installation. A common issue relates to the small space that requires the wiring to go around a bend. While it is possible to use the flexible conduit this isn’t always able to fit the tight areas. Also, in the small space the size or width of the conduit will need to be quite small and the reduced size and volume may not provide enough room for the various wires to fit. In situations like these it may be more practical to install the wiring without the use of conduit.
The use of conduit will increase the overall cost and time of installing the wiring in the home. If the rigid sleeve is being used and it needs to be bent it will be necessary to use an expensive piece of equipment to achieve the required bent angel. Also, greater care needs to be taken throughout the installation process, with extra care taken to avoid getting cut on any piece of conduit that has been cut.
Source by Leo Eigenberg