Power hand tools are a familiar feature on many jobsites for Tucker Paving as well as lots of other construction companies. Some are battery-powered while others rely on electricity, which means there has to be an electrical source on hand. Portable generators are a routine solution, providing power wherever it is needed. These handy pieces of equipment can pose some serious risks if not operated properly though.
Generator Safety Tips
At Tucker Paving, safety is a top priority on all jobs. When you work with a portable generator, make sure that you take a look at the manual included with the machine before even using it. Familiarize yourself with the main components of the generator and all its warning and hazard symbols. Then do a quick visual inspection of the generator to check for possible safety hazards, like loose or frayed wires or other signs of damage.
Next, think about where that generator needs to go. While it needs to be situated where it can be utilized by whoever needs power, it must be in an area outdoors away from people. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause serious physical symptoms – even death – very quickly.
Generators should never be used in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. There needs to be at least three feet between a generator and any occupied building. If anyone working near a generator begins to experience dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue, or disorientation, get the person to fresh air immediately.
Another potential risk posed by portable generators is the possibility of electrical shock. Make sure the equipment is properly grounded by wrapping grounding wire around the grounding lug included with the generator and just bury it in the ground. This will send electricity into the ground instead of the person operating the generator in the event of a malfunction.
Tucker Paving Is Safe and Reliable
When you work with Tucker Paving, you can rest assured that we have taken every precaution necessary on each and every job. The safety of our workers, clients, and the public are of the utmost importance to us.