Electrical Hazards What Simple Tools Can Keep Your Workers Safe?

December 16, 2013 by No Comments

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Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 905,700 employees missed days of work in 2012 owing to work-related injuries or illnesses? Keeping your employees healthy and productive depends on maintaining a safe work environment. What simple tools and fixtures promote occupational safety?

Rubber Grommets

Keeping wiring intact and organized drastically reduces electrical hazards, fire hazards, and other accidents that may result in serious injury. Rubber grommets protect cables and cords by redirecting them away from jagged metal pieces or sharp edges and corners. Rubber or hard plastic grommets may be circular or oblong. Some grommets are specially designed to withstand extreme conditions, such as high temperatures and pressures. Employers can purchase rubber grommets online or in local hardware stores.

Nylon Fasteners and Cable Ties

Nylon fasteners, such as nylon nuts, bolts, and screws are incredibly durable, and can be used to secure electrical parts and machinery that may need to be taken apart (and put back together) regularly. Most nylon fasteners absorb shock and vibrations, too. Unlike metal fasteners, nylon bolts and screws typically do not require more tools, such as power drills and punch holes, for installation.

Finally, zip ties promote occupational safety by grouping and organizing wires, and securing them firmly into place. Zip ties, also called hose ties or cable ties, come in a number of different materials, including plastics, such as nylon, and stainless steel. Nylon zip ties are available in different colors, helping workers and maintenance staff easily identify and locate specific wires and cables. Some nylon ties are even strong enough to use as makeshift handcuffs, called PlastiCuffs. Flame resistant stainless steel cable ties, on the other hand, are ideal for manufacturing and industrial applicants. Consumers can also purchase cable tie guns, or zip tie tensioning devices, to quickly and efficiently cut, place, and fasten wires. Some cable tie guns are specially designed to cut and secure stainless steel cable ties.

Keeping workers safe, and reducing the likelihood of electrical hazards, fire hazards, and other serious accidents, depends on simple, protective tools. Grommets, nylon fasteners, and stainless steel cable ties protect and shield wires, ensuring that workers are as safe as possible.
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