Control of hazardous energy Improper training or not following proper Lockout

Control of hazardous energy improper training or not

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Control of hazardous energy: Improper training or not following proper Lockout/ Tagout (LOTO) procedures results in electrocution or electrical injuries when construction employees assume that the equipment is either safely turned off or disconnected. This assumption has been the result of many electrical injuries and even deaths in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.147 states that LOTO procedures shall be performed before any
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ELECTROCUTION IN CONSTRUCTION 5 work is preformed around or on electrical equipment to protect the employees on the worksite (OSHA, 1926.147, n.d.). Electrocutions are preventable on construction jobsites when preventive measures are put in place to reduce the risk of an electrical contact. Proactive safety training with periodic electrical safety programs that specialize in hazardous recognition to avoid unsafe work conditions is key to preventing electrocutions and electrical shock in the workplace (Cit. 8). Some key components of preventive measures for electrical safety on construction sites are establishing an effective Lockout/Tagout procedure in order to control hazardous energy and will create a proactive safety mindset that will greatly reduce the potential risk of electrical incidents on construction sites. Ensuring that all employees wear the appropriate personal protective equipment, testing electrical circuits, inspecting electrical cords periodically, keeping power tools away from moisture, and always maintaining a minimum approach distance from powerlines is essential to preventing the electrical hazards that construction workers face on a day-to-day basis when on the job-site. Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard in the construction industry. OSHA has created electrical standards that have been designed to protect employees from hazards such as electrocution or electrical shock. Construction workers are exposed daily to the risk of electrocution or electrical shock. All too often, a lack of awareness of the risk results in an electrocution or electrical shock on the job-site. It is essential that the employer ensures that electrical safety and preventive measures are in place so that anyone that works on a construction site understands the risk and what to do to avoid the risk of an electrical contact.
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ELECTROCUTION IN CONSTRUCTION 6 References Construction Fatalities Up 6% in 2016. (2017, December 21). Retrieved from uction-fatalities-up-6-in-2016 Hubbard, B., Qian Huang, Caskey, P., & Yang Wang. (2013). Safety Awareness Educational
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