Reducing your electric shock risk: safety for unterminated cables
There are many different causes of electric shock, but one particularly hazardous risk comes from unterminated live cables.
In the last year, there were over 300 electrical shocks reported to the Queensland Electrical Safety Office—and ten per cent of those reports related to unterminated cables becoming live. Anyone coming into contact with unterminated live cables is at significant risk of serious injury or death from electric shock.
But there are a few easy ways to manage this hazard:
If you are pre-wiring an electrical system yourself, you can reduce the risk of electric shock from an unterminated cable by:
Marking the location of all cables with a clear and simple identification system;
Covering the exposed ends of conductors with insulation tape or junction boxes; and
Ensuring the cable is easily identifiable during verification testing on the installation by twisting each cable’s conductors together.
As a business owner, you’re responsible for managing the risk of unterminated live cables. Your specific responsibilities are outlined in the following Australian Standards:
Always remember that it’s dangerous to perform your own electrical work. If you’re unsure of how to manage or identify unterminated cables, you can also contact Port Moresby Electrical at any time: we will be happy to safeguard the safety of your work force with professional electrical inspections and maintenance.