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Health & Safety Moment - Electrical Safety

Electrical safety


The hazards associated with electricity affect the majority of workplaces. Whether you are in general industry, construction, or even farming- electrical hazards are present. It is important to be able to recognize the electrical hazards around you and know how to mitigate them.

Common Electrical Hazards

  • Overhead powerlines
  • Underground powerlines
  • Lightning
  • Faulty equipment
  • Working on energized equipment
  • Improper grounding
  • Damaged insulation





Electrical Safety

  • Check power cords and plugs daily. Discard if worn or damaged. 
  • Eliminate Octopus Connections
  • Do not plug several power cords into one outlet.
  • Pull the plug, not the cord.
  • Do not disconnect power supply by pulling or jerking the cord from the outlet. Pulling the cord causes wear and may cause a shock.
  • Never Break Off the Third Prong on a Plug
  • Replace broken three prong plugs and make sure the third prong is properly grounded.
  • Never Use Extension Cords as Permanent Wiring
  • Use extension cords only to temporarily supply power to an area that does not have a power outlet.
  • Never work on energized equipment.
  • Always follow proper lock and tag-out procedures before performing electrical work.
  • Test the power after locking and tagging out to ensure ther is no power being fed to what you are working on.
  • Do not operate electrical equipment in wet conditions.
  •  Also, avoid having electrical components in a wet environment unless they are protected.
  • Secure all electrical boxes and panels. Ensure components in and around these panels are in good working condition and not missing.


There are many different electrical hazards in any workplace. It is important to understand electrical safety and respect the dangers electricity poses. Eliminate any electrical hazards in your work area to avoid an injury to yourself or another co-worker.

Reference: https://scsaonline.ca/pdf/4_Electrical_Safety_April2012.pdf