Cable organization plays an instrumental role in improving electrical safety. Although there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for commercial sites, employing some basic cable organization practices can increase electrical safety. Unsure where to get started? Allow Speedtech International to help you get headed in the right direction.
Electrical Safety Tips:
Bundle Cables & Power Cords During Use
In cramped work conditions, wires and cabling can easily become a tripping hazard. However, there are some ways to reduce the likelihood for cable-related accidents. Bundling and organizing cables and wires while they are in use is one of the best ways to keep the risk for tripping to a minimum. When it comes to electrical safety, SPEEDWRAP® Brand hook and loop ties are a great cable management tool.
The product’s soft hook and loop material is gentle on wires and is less likely to wear through cable jackets, which can otherwise cause a short or injury. Additionally, these ties are easy to use and reuse and don’t require the use of knives for removal. Using knives or cutters to remove cable ties is dangerous to both the cables and electricians. Lastly, because hook and loop ties are so easy to use, they are simply more likely to be used. So if cable organization reduces injury, choose a product your electricians are more likely to use.
Utilize Cable & Cord Connectors
One of the biggest threats to electrical safety is cables that become disconnected. Oftentimes, electricians are working in unlit or poorly lit conditions. If supplemental lighting is lost due to a disconnected cable cord, electricians run the risk of making a mistake, or worse, harming themselves. The solution? Cable connectors help keep cords together, preventing them from pulling apart in the middle of a project. In addition to enhancing electrical safety, cord connectors work to maintain constant power and allow electricians the convenience of staying in one spot, without having to move up and down ladders to reconnect cables to extension cords. Two popular types of cable connectors are hard, plastic cases and soft-flexible ones. An example of a softer, flexible cord connecting solution is the SPEEDWRAP® Cord Connector™.
Additional Electrical Safety Tips:
Color code routed wires leading to circuit panel.
Temporarily bundle excess wire or cable prior to permanent installation.
Keep extension cords in a safe place, where they won’t be stepped on or driven over. The force of a vehicle – or even repeated treading by pedestrians – can cause an extension cord’s conductor to become misshapen or to break, a problem that can lead to electrical fires. Because it occurs in the core of the cable, conductor damage isn’t always obvious to the eye, so play it safe from the start by guarding job site extension cords with heavy-duty cord covers.
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If you are looking for ways to enhance job site electrical safety, look no further than Speedtech International. We are a one-stop shop for all of your hook and loop cable management solutions.
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