High-energy safety culture
Assess the threats; train the teams; protect the people.
The need for analyzing electrical hazards in the workplace has been recognized by a small segment of the industry for many years. The petrochemical industry and many government institutions have performed research on this subject for more than 40 years. For the most part, however, the user level of the electrical industry has largely ignored the subject, essentially reacting to catastrophic accidents and equipment failure rather than proactively trying to predict and prevent them. The arc-flash incident that completely destroyed the front of the electrician’s shirt, along with severely burning the electrician, could have been prevented if management and the worker completely understood the electrical maintenance hazards.