Electrical Safety with Temporary Lights

The revelation of electricity, the light bulb is a crucial facet to our modern world.  Along with the beauty of electricity through light, it is important to understand the history of the light bulb.  Here are some tips to understanding how light relates to electricity in its most intricate form, as well as to provide safety tips on working around lights.

Working in the electrical industry requires attention to detail.  From finding the smallest snag in electrical wiring to looking for damage in an outlet, it’s crucial for professionals to understand their position in the industry.  If you are new to electrical work or an expert in the field, here are some ways to reduce injuries associated with temporary construction lights.

There are several hazards associated with temporary construction lights.  When working around electrical wiring of any kind, it is necessary to look for any signs of weakness or damage.   Be cautious of lamps without guards or broken lamps.  Broken lamps not only pose a cut hazard but pose an electrocution hazard as well.  Exposed conductors around the socket pose an electrical hazard.  Always keep an open eye for any signs of wear and tear.  Besides the expected aging of construction lights, look intently for missing or broken pieces.

When on a jobsite, be cautious in every move executed.  Whether you are working in the daytime or nighttime, consider the hazards of damage to any lights. Take care not to damage lighting, inadequate lighting can cause many related hazards including slip or trip hazards.  Rough treatment of any electrical equipment could cause severe injury to a worker.  If you are a professional in the electrical industry, take your time.  Do not rush a job at the expense of necessary work.  Give your clients quality attention.  In fact, go the extra mile.  Always look for additional damage and notify your client if you notice any problematic electrical issues.

Having proper illumination helps when focusing on details.  Because electrical work can range from an entire wall to a small outlet, it is crucial to have sufficient lighting.  General construction areas should have 5 foot candles of light.  According to 1926.56, table D-3 light requirements for maintaining a safe jobsite are listed and should be carefully abided by.  Additional lighting guidelines can be found in ANSI A11.1, Practice for Industrial Lighting.

Follow the lighting guidelines closely so that you can complete your tasks in a safe and efficient manner.  Abiding by all of the electrical safety guidelines keeps you secure and ensures that you are safe from any unforeseen circumstances.

When completing an inspection, check the temporary lighting on your site.  If you find hazards, inform your supervisor.  You could prevent an injury to yourself or a coworker.  Approximately 350 electrical-related fatalities occur each year.

Being in the electrical industry is very rewarding when protocol is met.  Keep yourself free of liability by always inspecting your work area.  If you notice unsafe behavior or workspace, notify authorities immediately.

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