Live Wires Pose Risks of Injury and Death
Did you know that as many as 1,000 Americans die from electric shock every year, and another 30,000 people are injured? Electric shock happens every day, in and out of the workplace. Shock is not the only risk factor of live wires. Many can increase the likelihood of fires, too. Stay safe, no matter where you are working with cables and wires. What tools are people using to handle live wires with extra care?
Cable Glands, and Cable Ties
Did you know that cable glands can be found on thousands of wires, and thousands of machines? Cable glands fit over the tops of wires, connecting wiring and cables to machinery safely, and securely. If there are a lot of cables, or a large volume of wires, the use of cable ties, or zip ties, is also fairly common. The first zip ties were used to organize airplane wires, to help streamline repairs and maintenance. Today, professionals and at-home repairmen, or women, can choose from a number of different options, including color cable ties, and releasable zip ties. In some cases, modern law enforcement has even been known to use them. The reason? Some especially strong zip ties can be used as makeshift handcuffs, called “plasticuffs.”
Threaded Standoffs, and Nut Covers
Non-fatal electric shock, and other wire and hardware-related injuries, can happen in a number of different ways. Another useful tool, threaded standoffs, can help prevent shortages by separating pieces of equipment. Properly functioning equipment reduces risk of shock, and other unexpected malfunctions that may result in injury. Nut covers also keep machinery and equipment running smoothly, ensuring that essential bolts and nuts stay in prime condition, intact, and in place. These covers also prevent rusting. Workers, at home and in a professional setting, are more likely to cut themselves on rusty equipment. Rust can, on top of it all, be toxic if ingested in large amounts.
Stop risking electric shock, fire, and poisoning. With the right tools, like cable glands, zip ties, and nut covers, you can work with live cables and wiring, and stay safe, too.
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