Under New York code § 23-1.13, there are certain provisions and precautions employers must take to keep workers safe when working with potential electrical hazards. These provisions are meant to ensure safety from all power lines and power facilities near the area of construction, excavation, or demolition. As such, all sites should be considered energized unless otherwise noted.
Some of the precautions that must be considered include:
On construction, excavation, and demolition sites using temporary electrical wiring, the employer must take certain steps. First, they must make sure that the wiring is supported by proper insulators. The electrical systems and current-carry equipment must be properly grounded. Electrical wiring must be weather-proof and able to withstand abuse in situations where it must lay on the ground. If elevated power lines are being placed, they should clear at least 18 feet and placed high enough to have sufficient clearance when crossing access roads, highways, or any other road traveled by a larger vehicle. Finally, the fuses and automatic cut-puts must not exceed a size to the point it causes open circuits.
Anything omitting over 300 volts to the ground at a construction, excavation, or demolition site is considered a high-voltage power circuit. In situations where a person or equipment is to approach nearer than 10 feet to overhead energized lines, the owner of the line or facility should be made aware of the approach. The owner must also advise on the procedure to be followed in work nearer than 10 feet to the line. The employer must follow the owner’s recommendations regarding any equipment used and work completed.
There are various steps that must be taken to make sure workers are safe from potential electrical hazards. If these steps are not followed correctly and a worker is harmed, it may result in serious injury. To learn if you have a potential lawsuit, call the New York City construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. We offer free consultations so you can discuss your case with a skilled legal professional. We don’t charge unless we are successful.
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