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Course 809: Focus Four - Electrocution Hazards

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Focus Four [Electrocution] Toolbox Talks 3:

How can we prevent electrocutions while using power tools?

What are the hazards? Bodily contact with electricity

What are the results? Shock, fire, burns, falls or death

What should we look for? Tools that aren't double-insulated, damaged tools and cords, incorrect cords, wet conditions, tools used improperly

Actual Incident: A 45-year-old male electrician was electrocuted when he contacted an energized 1/2" electric drill casing. The victim was working in wet conditions and using a single insulated drill attached to damaged extensions cords run through water.

How do we prevent these results?

  • Get proper training on manufacturers' tool use and specs.
  • Inspect tool before each use according to manufacturers' instructions.
  • Do not use damaged tools, remove them from service.
  • Use only battery-powered tools in wet conditions.
  • Use with GFCI.
  • Use with properly sized and intact cords.

Let's talk about our worksite now.

  • What can lead to an electrocution while using power tools? Non double-insulated tools, damaged cord, wet conditions
  • Have you seen or used any defective power tool?
  • What should you do if you find a defective power tool?

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Reproduction of material produced under grant number SH-16591-07-06-F-11 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Module 4, Electrocution Talk Number 3 IUOE National Training Fund • 304.253.8674 • www.iuoeiettc.org