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Every year in the United States, workplace electrical incidents result in more than 300 deaths and 3,500 injuries.  While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they are disproportionately fatal and costly.  For every 13 electrical injuries - a worker dies.  Most of these electrically-related fatalities and injuries could be prevented.

Awareness of workplace electrical hazards and knowledge of best practices are critical to reducing these staggering statistics. That's why the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has designated May "National Electrical Safety Month."
An extension cord is an insulated, flexible electric wire fitted with a plug at one end and one or more outlets on the other. It provides a convenient, way to use electrical equipment that can’t reach a wall outlet.
Safety Tips
These important safety principles can help keep your office safe from electrical hazards:
  • Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis; unplug and safely store them after every use.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being used.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls or ceilings. This may cause the cord to overheat, creating a serious fire hazard.
  • Keep extension cords out of high traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard.
  • Insert plugs fully so that no part of the prongs is exposed when the extension cord is in use.
  • Do not nail or staple electrical cords to walls or baseboards.
  • If an extension cord is needed for a longer period of time, temporary power taps can be used when insufficient electrical receptacles are available. These devices may have 3 to 6 electrical receptacles, a circuit breaker, a 6-ft. to 15-ft. cord and a surge protector, and should bear the mark of a certified testing organization.
  • Ensure that all extension cords are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA, or ETL, and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Facts and Statistics
Extension cords are a leading cause of electrical fires, and can cause injury and death if used improperly. According to the CPSC:
  • An estimated 3,300 residential fires originate from extension cords each year, killing and injuring over 300 people.
  • More than half of the injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains caused by people tripping over the cords.
  • Continual use can cause the insulation to rapidly deteriorate, creating a dangerous shock and fire hazard.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your electrical needs. Have additional outlets installed by a licensed electrician where you need them.
IRWIN Four Aces Safety Culture The Ace of the Month for May is…
Believing that it is truly possible to be injury free while maintaining a positive and proactive ATTITUDE toward safety is essential to accomplishing our goals while working and performing safely.

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About IRWIN Industries
IRWIN Industries, Inc. is a full-service construction, maintenance, outage, turnaround and fabrication company serving America's energy and industrial infrastructure markets since 1922.

We provide a safe, qualified and experienced workforce with a focus on safe operations and customer satisfaction.

Our goal is to build long-term relationships with our customers and provide the highest value by delivering safe, high quality, cost effective, and dependable results.

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