Each year, numerous employees are seriously injured while working with, around, or on electrical equipment. In almost every instance, a Lockout/Tagout program was not in place or common sense electrical work practices not followed.
The overwhelming majority of injuries can be avoided when employees use common sense and follow recommended safe work practices while working with electricity.
We recommend a review of your lockout/tagout program.
We also recommend you discuss any past injuries or near-miss accidents that may have occurred while working with electrical equipment. An inspection program that includes electrical cords and equipment is an essential part of an effective safety program.
OHSA requires all employees be trained in lockout/tagout and electrical safe work practices. All training should be documented!