The Health and Safety Executive(HSE) and other organisations are concerned that many of the construction workers do not work safely with and around electricity on the construction sites. Not following safe working procedures can cause death, serious injuries and accidents to the construction workers each year - yet these accidents can be easily avoided by obeying some general rules regarding the work with and around electricity.
Simple rules for Electrical Safety - Electrical ContractorsExperience shows us that electricians are particularly at risk of death or serious injury from electric shock or burns if they fail to follow safe working procedures. It is therefore important to comply with all the health and safety laws, in particular the ones to do with working safely. The existing organisations in the construction industry are trying to raise the awareness of the main safety messages for electrical contractors.
The Electrical Contractors should not allow dangerous work practices, such as working with live electricity or switching electricity on before they have furnished their work and everything has been installed correctly. It is never absolutely safe for someone to work on or near live electrical equipment. But sometimes the electrical contractors agree to switch the electricity on before they have finished their work, to make the jobs of designers, commissioning engineers, clients, main contractors or people in the finishing trades easier. By doing this, except in some very specific circumstances where they have taken steps to prevent themselves and others from getting injured, they are breaking the law.
Main Contractors and SubcontractorsThe Main Contractors and their non-electrical subcontractors should be aware that they also have legal responsibilities under the Electricity at Work Regulations(made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974), in particular Regulation 14. Regulation 14 requires that no work is done on or near live circuits where there is a risk of touching live conductors, unless
- the work cannot be done if the electricity is switched off, and
- it is reasonable to work on or near the live conductors, and
- suitable steps have been taken to prevent the person doing the work and others from getting injured.
- they have a written request from the main contractor or the main contractor's agent, and
- the circuits have been fully inspected, tested and are safe to use, and
- the electrical contractor agrees it is safe to do so.