In a manufacturing, construction or industrial environment, protecting cables from inadvertent disruption due to on-going operations is important for both safety and continued workplace productivity. A corroded, damaged or unsecured cable presents two risks. It a safety hazard to workers working with the cable and those in the downstream operation that the cable helps function properly and safely. Additionally, lost production due to loss of cable functionality is a risk.
Cables in an office environment are frequently conduits for electricity. In addition to the risk of electric shock, improperly secured or poorly planned cable locations may also be trip hazards leading to less serious, but increasingly frequent, office accidents.
Workplace safety with cables begins in selecting the proper cable for the work to be done. Proper cable sizing, particularly in construction areas, can prevent the risk of a sudden cable failure.
Whether in a manufacturing or office environment, cables should be routinely maintained and properly secured. Regular checks for damage will help spot a potential issue before it could create a safety or operational failure. To minimize the risk of a sudden safety concern, cables should be secured out of walkways or other high-traffic areas where they are likely to be struck or severed by workers.
Protection for cables is unique to the workplace environment in which it is implemented, but is a safety imperative. Consider proper preventative maintenance, selecting the right cable for the work to be done, and ensure workers are properly trained in operating equipment to minimize safety concerns. With adequate protection, all employees will go home safely after a hard day's work.