Contractor receives serious burns while working on an electrical panel

A contractor sustained series burns while working in an electrical panel and touching an electrified feed line with a screwdriver, according to a serious accident alert issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

MSHA has issued best practice guidelines following the incident.

Best Practices:
  • Develop, communicate, and follow a written plan before performing electrical work to ensure that safety is maximized for all miners involved in the task.
  • Miners performing electrical work should have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the task.
  • Ensure all electrical circuits and circuit breakers are identified properly before troubleshooting or performing electrical work.
  • Prior to conducting any electrical work, identify hazards, establish safe limits of approach.
  • Wear properly rated and well maintained PPE (including coveralls, jackets, eye protection, insulated gloves and tools).
  • Before working on equipment, always de-energize, lock and tag out the circuit with your lock and tag.
  • Test to ensure electrical circuits are de-energized using properly rated test equipment prior to performing work.

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