Every job has its risks, but some are riskier than others. When you’re working with wire and cable materials, you face a variety of electrical hazards, so keep these safe cable-pulling practices in mind.
1. Have A Safety Plan in Place
Include emergency actions, evacuations, and meeting building codes. A safety plan not only prepares you for problems, but it also can help you save yourself potential legal hassles.
2. Check Your Equipment
Although faulty wiring can lead to safety hazards, so can equipment that isn’t operating properly. You can reduce risks by ensuring your machinery is in working order, and the tools you’re using to handle the wiring and cables are the right ones for the job.
3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Many wire and cable installation jobs take place in out-of-the-way location where you’ll be working in an awkward position. You might be working at great heights or underground, out in the open or in a concealed space. You could even be working in proximity to water.
Scope out the area ahead of time and note any potential safety concerns. Be aware and then, prepare.
4. Dress For The Part
Wear protective clothing whenever you’re handling cable and wire. Fire and electricity are the two most common hazards you’ll deal with, so flame-retardant clothing, non-conductive gloves, and safety glasses are a must. Protect yourself against falling objects with a hard hat, and consider work boots that prevent slipping and protect your feet.
5. Test Everything You Have Wired
Before you allow access to the work area, test everything several times. Even though it’s connected, there is no guarantee it’s working correctly. Thorough testing will save you time and aggravation down the road.
6. Make Sure The Cable Placements Are Correct
Once you’ve finished testing the connection, all that’s left is to make sure the cables are placed so that they don’t interfere with daily activities. Also, be sure to safely dispose of or store unused, or extra cable or wire.
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