Shipyard electricians are not the only workers who affect electrical safety. Unqualified personnel may attempt electrical power connections that pose a risk to themselves and others.
Shipyard electricians should always be on the lookout for situations where a lack of knowledge, awareness, or concern has created a risk of burns and shocks.
When these situations are discovered, the risk should be immediately addressed and supervisors in the area notified. The use of GFCIs for temporary power can save lives.
Temporary power cord connectors can become damaged and present a risk for shipboard burns and shocks.
Connections and insulation of electric cords must be maintained in a safe condition (29 CFR 1915.83(b)(3)).
Employers have the responsibility to train personnel on recognizing damaged temporary power cords and their risk.
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