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ELECTRICAL POWER CORDS

Probably the most abused tool on the construction job site is the electrical power cord. They are kinked, twisted, cut, pulled and crushed almost constantly. On some jobs, it's surprising just how much punishment they do take.

Unfortunately, these damaged cords also take their toll in injuries and even fatalities. In one incident, a worker was installing ventilation ducts and received a slight jolt from the exposed conductors on a damaged elec­trical cord. The shock didn't kill him, but he fell backward four feet off a scaffold and struck his head. The fall paralyzed him permanently from the waist down.

Don't take electrical cords for granted. They can be a big help to us, but they can also hurt. Keep these pointers in mind:

1. Visually inspect the cord for damaged and exposed conductors. If the cord is in damaged condition, don't use it.

2. Inspect to make sure that the ground prong is in good condition and that the cord provides a satisfactory ground for the electrical tools being used.

3. Don't drag cords over rough surfaces and don't use them to lift or pull materials. Electrical cords were not designed to function as ropes.

4. Don't disconnect cords by jerking them out. They should be disconnected at the receptacle.

5. Don't string electrical cords through water or oil and grease. Also, don't hammer nails or staples into cords.

6. When not in use, the electrical cord should be neatly coiled and stored.

With just a little respect, electrical cords can provide us with long and safe service.

 

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