Spotlight on Safety

 

Spotlight on Safety

At Nexus Engineering Group, we are committed to maintaining a culture that values the safety and health of every employee, every client, and ultimately our environment. Read our safety blog, Spotlight on Safety, that brings you tips, reminders and important safety information while at work and at home.

21 Safety Rules for Working with Electrical Equipment

There are many hazards when working on a job site, especially when it’s under construction. It is always important to follow safe working practices and use proper safety equipment, especially when working with and handling electrical equipment.

According to the EEP - Electrical Engineers Portal, there are 21 safety rules for working with electrical equipment.

Rule no. 1 - Avoid contact with energized electrical circuits.

Rule no. 2 - Treat all electrical devices as if they are live or energized.

Rule no. 3 - Disconnect the power source before servicing or repairing electrical equipment.

Rule no. 4 - Use only tools and equipment with non-conducting handles when working on electrical devices.

Rule no. 5 - Never use metallic pencils or rulers, or wear rings or metal watchbands when working with electrical equipment.

Rule no. 6 - When it is necessary to handle equipment that is plugged in, be sure hands are dry and, when possible, wear nonconductive gloves, protective clothes and shoes with insulated soles.

Rule no. 7 - If it is safe to do so, work with only one hand, keeping the other hand at your side or in your pocket, away from all conductive material.

Rule no. 8 - Minimize the use of electrical equipment in cold rooms or other areas where condensation is likely.

Rule no. 9 - If water or a chemical is spilled onto equipment, shut off power at the main switch or circuit breaker and unplug the equipment.

Rule no. 10 - If an individual comes in contact with a live electrical conductor, do not touch the equipment, cord or person. Disconnect the power source from the circuit breaker or pull out the plug using a leather belt.

Rule no. 11 - Equipment producing a “tingle” should be disconnected and reported promptly for repair.

Rule no. 12 - Do not rely on grounding to mask a defective circuit nor attempt to correct a fault by insertion of another fuse or breaker, particularly one of larger capacity.

Rule no. 13 - Drain capacitors before working near them and keep the short circuit on the terminals during the work to prevent electrical shock.

Rule no. 14 - Never touch another person’s equipment or electrical control devices unless instructed to do so.

Rule no. 15 - Enclose all electric contacts and conductors so that no one can accidentally come into contact with them.

Rule no. 16 - Never handle electrical equipment when hands, feet, or body are wet or perspiring, or when standing on a wet floor.

Rule no. 17 - When it is necessary to touch electrical equipment (for example, when checking for overheated motors), use the back of the hand. Thus, if accidental shock were to cause muscular contraction, you would not “freeze” to the conductor.

Rule no. 18 - Do not store highly flammable liquids near electrical equipment.

Rule no. 19 - Be aware that interlocks on equipment disconnect the high voltage source when a cabinet door is open but power for control circuits may remain on.

Rule no. 20 - De-energize open experimental circuits and equipment to be left unattended.

Rule no. 21 - Do not wear loose clothing or ties near electrical equipment.

 

Slip, Trip & Fall Prevention

Protect Against the Third Leading Cause of Workplace Death

Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace; only motor vehicle incidents and drug overdoses cause more worker fatalities according to the National Safety Council.

Slips trips and falls happen everywhere – in retail stores, government offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, corporate offices and at home.

Here are some tips to prevent falls in the workplace.
  • Clean up all spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping
  • Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas
  • Wear shoes with good support and slip-resistant soles
  • Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways
  • Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times
  • Install handrails on all staircases on both sides
  • Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways
  • Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors
  • Remove debris from exterior walkways
  • Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels

Most accidents are preventable. Take the time to be safe in the workplace.

Use proper equipment and train others on safety prevention methods. Your coworkers, friends and family will thank you.

US Department of Labor Warns on Flood Water Cleanup

Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to Texas and Louisiana last week, but it also brought heroic reactions from first responders and volunteers. As the flood waters recede, thousands of Americans are beginning the difficult work of cleanup and recovery.

If you’re cleaning up flood damage, check out our tips on staying safe. And remember: Most of these are general guidelines. But some operations – such as utility restoration, hazardous material cleanup, and search and rescue – should only be conducted by workers who have been properly trained.

Remember to:

  • Stay Out of Flood Waters
  • Avoid Electrical Hazards
  • Safely Remove Debris
  • Breathe Easy
  • Keep Your Cool
  • Avoid Wild Animals

Read details here: https://blog.dol.gov/2017/09/06/cleaning-staying-safe

Keep Safe in the Summer Heat!

Working in hot weather can be dangerous. The U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA remind employers and workers to stay safe before a heatwave begins.

Remember: Water. Rest. Shade. OSHA recommends frequent breaks in a cool or shady environment, and drinking water every 15 minutes. OSHA also urges employers to allow new workers to acclimate and build up resistance to the increased temperatures. A recent study of heat-related workplace fatalities found that most occurred during the worker’s first week on the job. For more information on heat illness and prevention, visit https://www.osha.gov/heat/

July is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States; it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early. When working in the field, proper sun protection is importation. Remember to wear sunscreen. To learn more about safe sun exposure, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation.