Electrical Safety in Docks
Various heavy machinery is used in and around docks such as welding machines, cranes, motors, compressors, cutting machines, bending machines, and sand blasting equipment. Therefore, there is a greater chance of dangerous electrical hazards being present. These hazards are electrocution or shock burn, and short circuit.
The possibility of electrocution near docks is very high because workers have to work over metal decks and in a wet environment. It may occur due to contact with energized electrical equipment and wet surfaces and can cause unconsciousness. You can avoid this by following a few safety precautions.
- Before performing an operation, make assure the equipment that you are going to use is grounded.
- Use rubber or other insulated decking for testing and adjusting energized circuits.
- The circuit breaker and fuse location must be tagged so as to indicate the work is in progress.
- After adjustment of the circuit, use an insulated cover to cover the circuit.
- Mats, gloves, and other insulating materials must be checked periodically.
- The electrical equipment must be inspected before use.
A short circuit is a dangerous problem that occurs mainly due to failure of insulating material. It causes instant power failure; moreover, it is enough to kill a worker and to destroy the electrical appliance. You can avoid this hazard only by working carefully. However, fuse and circuit breakers are used to avoid short circuit. You need to switch the power off and inspect the insulating material before start repairing the circuit.
You can follow the above instructions for electrical safety around water. These electrical safety tips are not difficult to follow and if you work carefully you can save not only your life, the life of your family and people around you as well.