on May 19th, 2015

I am always staggered by the ongoing high number of serious electrical accidents and even fatalities every year in industry – ranging from electrocution, shock, explosions and arc blast.

Dear Colleagues,

I am always staggered by the ongoing high number of serious electrical accidents and even fatalities every year in industry – ranging from electrocution, shock, explosions and arc blast. 

Click here for a short review on the key issues here from a presentation I did recently.

A few important points (which I am sure you can add to ….):

  • Safety is not only about taking precautions in the workplace but starts right from the beginning at equipment design.
  • Failure to isolate or inadequate or insecure isolation of live parts is the reason for over 60% of accidents.
  • Poor maintenance and faulty equipment, insufficient information about the system and lack of safety procedures are other major reasons for accidents.
  • Training, training, and more training is required. Plus the constant questioning of what you are doing and what you are working on – whether it is really safe or not.

Yours in engineering learning,

Steve

Mackay’s Musings – 19th May’15 #565
125, 273 readers – www.eit.edu.au/cms/news/blog-steve-mackay


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