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October 03, 2018
How to Plan for Cable Installers’ Safety

Posted by: Erin Schwasnick

Safety on the job is something that most workers take for granted. But cable installers face the danger of physical harm each day. While there’s a common misconception that low voltage equals low hazard, the truth is that low-voltage systems are still dangerous. It’s important to installers’ wellbeing to have a plan in place for workplace safety.

A three-pronged approach to this plan is best: combining corporate guidelines, safety training programs and job-site checklists to keep cable installers safe.

  1. Corporate guidelines

First, provide a set of corporate guidelines that apply regardless the job. The best place to start is with federal and local regulations.

Installers must be familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, as well as any state and local regulations. These safety rules should be clearly communicated to employees and should be posted in the workplace environment for regular reminders.

The second part of these corporate guidelines should address cable installation-specific aspects of job safety. For example, if working with fiber-optic installations, general guidelines for eye protection must be included.

  1. Safety training programs

It’s a widely known fact that employees who feel safe are more likely to perform thorough work. And for cable installers, safe employees are a result of proper training. While most employers will provide safety training programs for new employees, it’s equally important for veteran employees to receive regular training. No matter how experienced installers are, employers should prioritize training to ensure a safe work environment.

Additionally, new equipment presents a need for more training. The job site is not the best place to learn how to use a new piece of equipment, tool or instrument. Many manufacturers will offer product training, allowing installers to receive instruction straight from the source. It’s important to ensure that installers feel comfortable with new equipment before a field installation occurs. Taking the time to properly train employees will save time on future installs and help installers feel and stay safe.

  1. Job-site safety checklists

Corporate guidelines and safety training combine to create to this final component. Checklists may include necessary gear, such as eye protection when working with fiber, or procedures for handling hazardous chemicals and components. All material safety data sheets (MSDS) documentation should be up to date and easily accessible during the job, no matter the location. Having a checklist at each job site will help ensure that all the previous training is kept top of mind for cable installers.

All three components of this comprehensive safety program are necessary for employee security. Installers already have plenty of other considerations on their minds — employers must make it safe for them to do their jobs well. 

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