Wednesday, January 23, 2013

IMPROVISED ELECTRICAL TESTER

An inspection has been conducted at the construction site and one of the issues is an improvised electrical tester stored at the sub-contractor's storeroom, which was apparently using as an instrument to test or check whether power supply is energized or not.

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This kind of practice is prohibited, it is against the electrical regulation and is not acceptable at all. At construction sites, anyone found doing will be given a disciplinary action and to be removed from site. According to statistics, each year, many people die and some are seriously injured by electrocution. Many more properties burned down caused by faulty electrical wiring or connection - most of which could be prevented.



Preventive Measures:
  • Avoid using any electrical equipment/chargers without an approved brand mark stamped on it.
  • Never operate an electrical equipment in a wet location or environment.
  • Poor quality and imitations of electrical apparatus or charging adapters cannot withstand power surges which may result in fire.
  • Never repair or install electrical cords or equipment unless you are trained and qualified.
  • Do Not use electrical equipment with bare or expose wires because the risk is high and will lead to electric shock.
  • Do Not overload the electrical circuits into an extension cords or multipurpose plug or adaptors at any time risks of electrocution, fire is high
BE CAUTIOUS WHEN WORKING WITH ELECTRICITY!
" All electrical equipment to have commissioning (tested) certificate, be certified to BS EN or other International Standards, maintenance regime to be in place, only equipment issued by authorized distributors is to be used, operatives to receive equipment training, only competent electricians to carryout testing, ensure supervision is to be in place. Electrical equipments are only to be used by a competent trained and certified personnel including checking the equipment before use.

Monday, January 7, 2013

MAN SLEEPING UNDER BUS - INJURY

A man sleeping under a bus vehicle -resulting major injury.
What Happened?
It was a very hot day and a worker decided to take rest under the shade of a bus that was parked under the shade of the tree. In that position, no one could see him resting under the bus.

Photo is for Illustrative purpose only.

The bus driver did not expect anyone to rest under the vehicle. When the driver started the engine and move forward, the worker attempted to come out but it was too late for him. The worker was run over by the bus and the accident resulted in severe fracture to his thigh bones.



RISK CONTROLS
The following risk control measures need to be implemented:
  • The driver is responsible to check all sides of the vehicle including beneath the chassis to ensure that nobody is in the vicinity and it is clear from any obstacles before starting the vehicle.
  • All drivers to undergo refresher course in defensive driving at regular intervals.
  • Any person needs to take some rest is recommended to use the rest sheds provided on site for this purpose.
  • Regular toolbox talks to be provided to all site personnel on the hazards associated with sleeping under stationary vehicles.
  • All drivers need to check and to ensure that the reverse parking lights and reverse horn is in good working condition at all times to warn anyone in the vicinity.