SAFE Work Practice
Electric Safety (General)
Lockout electrical equipment that is to be worked on or
Inspect electrical equipment for any damage prior to each
Inspect electrical cords for defects: check the power cord
for cracking, fraying, and other signs of wear or faults in the
• Know where breakers and boxes are located in case of an
Inspect the plug end for cracks and for missing, loose or
• Pull the plug, not the cord when unplugging equipment.
• Work on potentially energized equipment without
proper lockout procedures in place.
• Use equipment, outlets or cords that are damaged
or have exposed wiring.
• Bypass the switch and operate equipment by
connecting and disconnecting the power cord.
• Block access to circuit breakers or fuse boxes.
• Use electrical equipment in wet conditions or damp
locations, unless the tool is connected to a GFCI.
• Use a metal ladder or scaffold near any exposed
energized electrical circuits or equipment.
The information contained in this publication is intended for general use and may not apply to every circumstance. It is not a definitive guide to government
legislation and does not relieve persons using this publication from their responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Health Act or applicable legislation.
The appropriate regulations and statutes should always be consulted and adhered to. The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba and its affiliates do not
guarantee the accuracy of, nor assume liability for the information presented here.
An electrical hazard can be defined as a dangerous condition where a worker could make
electrical contact with energized equipment or an electrical conductor. The nature of construction
work results in many situations where electrical contact could occur if precautions are not taken.