Safety Tips at Work and at Home

May 23, 2018

Every day, we rely on electricity to power our homes and offices. But, accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used. Many of these electrical accidents involve common items such as power outlets, appliances, power equipment, and extension cords. The risk is higher for engineers and other energy professionals who work in the field.

The good news is that these accidents can be avoided through a few simple precautions. Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, we wanted to share Nexant’s Utility Services safety procedures as well as some practical tips to help keep you safe around electricity.

Managing Risk has Big Benefits

At Nexant, we make sure that our staff are fully engaged and prepared to meet any safety challenge that may arise during the work day. Our safety program is proven to equip our engineers for the broad range of conditions they encounter when supporting industrial, commercial, and residential energy efficiency programs. And as our client and project list continues to grow, so does our response for meeting and exceeding the increasingly rigorous demands for safety and risk management.

Nexant has developed a custom cloud-based safety dashboard that provides on-demand feedback to managers and employees. When project conditions are specified, a real-time job hazard analysis is performed to assign the appropriate training, mentoring, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for each unique work situation. This automated approach prevents compliance missteps and assures managers that staff are fully prepared for risks well before they reach the job site.  

Use of third party safety verification services such as ISNetworld to manage contractor safety compliance is a growing trend among utility clients. Nexant’s safety program has been fully vetted through ISN and continues to maintain A grades year over year in both the US and Canada. Company-wide incident rates are much lower than industry benchmarks and the continued focus on risk management and employee safety is proving to be a key strategy for winning client approval and new work.

Residential and Commercial Electrical Safety Tips

Residential Tips:

  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Never use frayed or damaged extension cords
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets
  • Use outlet covers or caps to protect children
  • Call 811 before you dig to have underground utility lines, pipes, and cables marked for free
  • Don’t fly kites or drones near power lines
  • Don't climb trees near power lines.

Commercial Tips:

  • Make sure only authorized employees are permitted to work on electrical systems or equipment, and keep unauthorized employees out of the work area
  • Do not work on or near live parts in hazardous locations (e.g., in wet or damp areas, or where there are corrosive or flammable atmospheres)
  • Appliances, tools, and other devices are still connected to electricity when they are plugged in. Turn off and unplug these devices when you’re finished using them.
  • Keep all electrical equipment away from water. Don’t plug in electronics that may have been damaged by water.
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when working outdoors, and remember to keep a minimum of 10 feet between the ladder and power lines.

We hope these educational tips will help reduce potential injuries and accidents around electricity all year-round.