When it comes to on-the-job electrical safety, close attention is paid to the overhead wires. However, it's not uncommon for little thought to be given to the underground cables. The worst thing your crew can do is take an "out of sight, out of mind" approach to what lies below the surface. This is particularly true when it comes to electrical cables. When you cut through an underground electrical cable, you're not just looking at an expensive repair. You're looking at the real possibility of serious injuries and death. Here are three important steps you and your crew need to take when working with underground electrical cables.
Insist on Frequent Training
If you and your custom cable services crew will be working on electrical cables, you've got to insist on frequent training. It's not enough to provide training for your new hires. You need to also ensure that every person on your crew receive frequent training sessions on how to safely work with electrical cables. After all, even the most seasoned crew member can forget a few steps from time to time. Not to mention the fact that safety procedures do change. Providing frequent training sessions will make sure that your crew is up-to-date on current safety standards.
Don't Dig Until It's Safe
When it comes to installing new electrical cable, you've got to know where everything is located before you begin the project. For maximum safety, you should never begin digging until you know it's safe. First, begin with a safe dig service. That way, you know where all the cables are located. Second, ensure that you have a detailed project plan with you at all times. Your detailed plan will ensure that you know where to go every step of the way.
Pay Attention to the Details
If you and your crew will be installing new electrical cable, don't just focus on the new cable. Instead, pay attention to the details that might otherwise be overlooked, such as the condition of the existing cable, or the condition of the soil. Damaged or frayed cable should be replaced immediately. If the soil appears to be saturated, there could be a water leak in the vicinity. Be sure to have a plumbing contractor come out to assess the area for leaks. Underground water leaks paired with exposed electrical cables are a recipe for disaster.
When you're working with underground electrical cables, it's crucial that you take steps to keep yourself and your crew safe from electrical injuries. Use the tips provided above to create a safe work environment.