Keeping workers out of harms way should be your number one priority no matter the job site. Perhaps nowhere more crucial is when working with electrical currents. If precautions aren’t taken, shocks and even fatal ones can occur if proper safeguards are not taken. Since OSHA began enforcing 29 CR 1910.269 in 1994, employers are required to utilize grounding practices to better protect workers from fault currents.
What Makes Electrical Projects Risky?
Electrical chargers want to equal. Whenever there is a discrepancy in electricity between two objects that come into contact, current will flow between them as the charge seeks to equalize.
For example, a human who touches an energized power line will experience a severe shock unless they are grounded. This is why it is important to have a protected area where current can flow into the ground.
Creating an equipotential grounding zone through the use of galvanized steel grates has emerged as an effective means of protecting construction workers who are walking in places where dangerous levels of electricity. Any faults or lightning strikes that may occur within the area of these zones are grounded. Meaning the current will move along the ground instead of through a worker.
Grounding grates are easy to deploy and are manufactured to be reused and quickly assembled. Grounding grates can also create an equipotential zone of any size and configuration. To learn more about how grounding grates work take a look at the accompanying resource below. It provides several safety zone examples as well as a few benefits of using EPZ grounding grates.
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