5424Ch13 - FM 5-424 Part Five. Safety and Maintenance...

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FM 5-424 Safety 13-1 Part Five. Safety and Maintenance Procedures CHAPTER 13 Safety This chapter emphasizes safety rules and principles in electrical wiring and repair work that will minimize or eliminate the hazards and dangers in elec- trical wiring. The practices described in this manual conform to the rules of applicable safety codes and regulations that are covered in detail in TM 5-682 and follow guidelines of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC governs all electrical construction. Deviations from these practices resulting from emergency expedients must be corrected at the earliest possible time after such an emergency ceases to exist. Military personnel must never take safety for granted but should keep it in mind and practice it at all times. Strict obser- vance and enforcement of the following procedures will minimize both the number of accidents and the costs of installing, operating, and maintaining the systems. Section I. Basic Safety Rules GENERAL WORKING PRACTICES KEEPING THE JOB AREA CLEAN Make every attempt to keep the work area in the field or the electrical repair shop free of materials and debris. Grease, oil, water, and similar material on the floor create slip- ping hazards that can cause serious injuries. In addition, loose fittings, wire and conduit ends, and other debris stored or thrown at random on the floor in or around the job site create tripping hazards that can cause per- sonal injuries. Developing good housekeep- ing in and around the work area establishes good work habits that are carried over into wiring installation. WARNING FELLOW WORKERS Warn fellow workers who get into dangerous positions. These warnings protect not only the person warned but also the rest of the crew. Some members of a crew are less expe- rienced than others and may not realize the danger of their working positions. ACTING RECKLESSLY Avoid horseplay, wrestling, scuffling, practi- cal jokes, and unnecessary conversation dur- ing duty hours. Electrical work is not dangerous when you take proper care, but it may become dangerous if your attention is distracted.
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FM 5-424 13-2 Safety WEARING CLOTHING AND JEWELRY Apparel is an important safety consider- ation for persons working on or near electri- cal equipment. Everyone must follow the practices below: Never wear shirts, trousers, overalls, or any items of clothing that have zippers or other metal fasteners unless the fas- tener is covered. Always roll shirt sleeves down. Never wear loose, flapping clothing or flammable articles such as celluloid cap visors. Never wear shoes with thin soles, heel plates, or hobnails. Wear high-cut shoes with sewed soles when possible. Always wear suitable gloves and cloth- ing and approved goggles or head shields when operating welding equipment. Wear leather gloves (linemen and
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2010 for the course ELECTRICAL Electrical taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '10 term at Open Uni..

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5424Ch13 - FM 5-424 Part Five. Safety and Maintenance...

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