Course Summary & Description:
This guide provides information and guidance in protecting construction workers against 120-volt electrical hazards on the construction site.
The increased usage of portable tools on construction sites has made the presence of flexible cords frequent around construction workers. Hazards are created when cords, cord connectors, receptacles, and cord- and plug-connected equipment are improperly used and maintained. Generally, flexible cords are more vulnerable to damage than is fixed wiring. Flexible cords must be connected to devices and to fittings so as to prevent tension at joints and terminal screws.
Designers should implement in their plans information on how to protect against electrical hazards on the construction site. Through the use of ground-fault circuit interrupters or through assured equipment grounding conductor program, the risk of electrical hazard can be reduced. Properly following OSHA rules and regulations prevent and reduce injuries and accidents from electrical hazards. Ultimately, designers, contractors, and owners benefit because work disruptions is minor and the necessary inspections and maintenance should require little time.