There may not be anything as simultaneously necessary and dangerous on a worksite as electricity. It powers our tools, lights our workspaces, help operate machinery, and helps us clean up. But any electrical application that isn’t in proper working order presents a potential health hazard that can be difficult to identify. This week we are going to go over common problem areas when it comes to electrical safety in the workplace.
Look Out for Exposed Wires
Wires are like roadways for electricity, and just like roads whenever a spot is damaged it can be dangerous. Exposed wires in an extension cord or power tool can be a serious hazard since the electricity traveling through the wire can escape. It’s important to inspect all wires for damage before there is current running through it.
Know Where the Breakers Are
In the event of an electrical emergency it’s important to know where the circuit breakers are located so you can cut off the electricity at the source. A circuit breaker works to interrupt the flow of current by detecting overload or a short circuit.
A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, protects you if you are working in damp conditions. This safety measure will cut electricity to an outlet or receptacle before a harmful current occurs. Most outlets have GFCIs built in, but portable in-line GFCIs are available if you’re not sure the receptacle you’re using has one.
Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services
G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G & M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with G & M Services, call us today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page.