Two male electricians dressed in professional attire use a rig-mounted lifting system to repair electrical wires on poles.

How To Stay Safe While Working With Rigs and Electricity

The demanding environment of rigs and electrical work means that safety is a priority. The complex interplay of this field demands attention to the systems involved and strict adherence to safety protocols. For rig operators, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Read up on how to stay safe while working with rigs and electricity to prepare for potential errors and accidents.

Understand and Respect the Power of Electricity

Before doing any electrical task on the rig, you and your team should understand the electrical systems you will work with, including power sources, voltage levels, and general job requirements. A profound respect for electricity’s potential hazards sets the foundation for safe work practices.

Prioritize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You need to wear PPE when in a hard hat area or, in this case, a high electrical area. Safety glasses, gloves, and non-conductive footwear are non-negotiable parts of your safety gear. These items provide defense against electrical shocks, sparks, and other occupational hazards common in rig operations.

Regular Inspection and Maintenance of Equipment

A crucial strategy for accident prevention involves consistently inspecting and maintaining equipment, from the rigs to electrical tools and machinery. When going over the considerations for selecting rigging supplies, prioritize their reliability and durability. Well-maintained equipment reduces the likelihood of accidents and failures.

Implement a Lockout/Tagout System

Accidentally starting equipment during maintenance or repair work can lead to severe injuries or fatalities. A lockout/tagout system ensures no one is mishandling machinery and prevents it from starting up during maintenance activities.

Qualified Personnel Only

Ensure a qualified professional is carrying out work involving rigs and electricity. These people should have thorough training and understand how to follow the safety protocols in different scenarios. Allowing someone with little to no experience to operate rigs and perform electrical work increases the chance of accidents.

Clear Communication Among Workers

Clear and constant communication among workers is crucial to coordinate tasks safely and efficiently. Implement a system that allows workers to communicate with one another and share important safety alerts instantaneously. In the case of an emergency, workers should form a strategy plan to alert their team.

Be Aware of Surroundings

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and potential environmental hazards, such as overhead power lines, wet conditions, or confined spaces. Situational awareness can prevent many accidents before they occur.

Safety on rigs, particularly when working with electricity, requires taking a vigilant approach. By following these suggestions, rig operators can reduce the risk of accidents. Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility, and by working together, we can protect ourselves and our colleagues in every situation.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.