Electrical Safety Pop Quiz

Preventing Electrocution

In a job site such as a construction or mining site, the risk of fatal electrocution and electric shocks are significantly higher because of the exposed live wires and high voltage equipment present. Preventing electrocution should be prioritized to prevent serious injuries and possible loss of lives.

Knowledge is the best defense and prevention. Do your workers know the facts about electrical safety? Here’s a True or False quiz to find out.

  1. Electrocution occurs more often at home than the workplace. – T/F
  2. 6/1000 of an amp electric shock is fatal. – T/F
  3. Lack of lockout/tagout programs can contribute to accidental electrocution and electric shocks. – T/F
  4. There’s no need to test electrical outlets if you shut off the breaker or pull the appropriate fuse. – T/F
  5. Wood or fibreglass ladders are prefferable when working in areas with live wires. – T/F
  6. Electrocution or electric shock only occurs upon direct contact with live wires. – T/F
  7. It’s necessary to mark underground electrical wiring in job sites. – T/F
  8. You can use extension cords as permanent wiring for power supplies. –T/F
  9. It’s ok to break off the third prong on a plug so it fits an outlet. –T/F
  10. A warm or hot wiring needs to be checked. – T/F
  11. It’s critical to label and identify electrical wires and cables. –T/F
  12. It’s fine to use nails or staples to secure and organize wiring. – T/F
  13. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter should be installed in damp or wet areas. – T/F
  14. It’s safer to pull the electrical equipment by the power cord instead of the plug. – T/F
  15. If there are multiple outlets in an extension cord, it’s safe to plug in multiple electrical devices regardless of watt requirements. – T/F
  16. Always check for exposed wiring and damage to cords and plug. – T/F
  17. You should always wear protective equipment when handling electrical jobs. – T/F
  18. It’s important to maintain 10m distance from a crane or truck that came in contact with live wires. – T/F
  19. Arc flashes are less serious than direct contact with a live wire. – T/F
  20. In case of emergency, when a person is electrocuted, you should immediately help the person by grabbing and pulling them from the source of electricity. – T/F


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