Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Industry - Substations

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Be aware of all hazards. Photo Courtesy of OSHA.

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Electrical substations present a unique set of circumstances and conditions relating to hazards such as:

  • Falls into open trenches and excavations;
  • Working around moving equipment;
  • Objects on which you can receive cuts and abrasions;
  • Exposure to fumes, heat, loud noises and flying debris from grinding and welding;
  • Engulfment or suffocation from confined spaces entry, proper equipment operation, working with;
  • Electrocution from electrical energy that runs continuously through the energized substation parts.

This can result in hospitalization from injuries, permanent partial disability and in some case death.

Employers can reduce injury risk to the employees by taking preventive measures such as:

  • Addressing all hazards in an effective accident prevention program;
  • Provide training to workers;
  • Conduct a hazard assessment for the use PPE;
  • Conduct a job hazard analysis;
  • Hold onsite job safety meetings;
  • Implement a fall protection work plan for the job site;
  • Provide and require the use of fall protection.

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