I was browsing through the National Ag Safety Database and came across an article on electrical safety. Since a lot of us deal with electricity on a daily basis in the form of electric fences, lighting, electrical systems in machinery, electric water pumps, etc I thought I’d share. Electrical systems don’t hold up well in the farm environment, so it’s good to keep reminding yourself how to avoid getting shocked. I’d like to add that even if you’re not working on an electrical system, keep an eye out for any wires that might be in the area, and if at all possible make sure that any electrical systems in the area are totally shut off. I know a few people who have gotten shocked fixing equipment because mice had damaged the insulation on some of the wires that were in the same area as whatever they were fixing. Another hazard to be aware of that the article doesn’t mention is capacitors. Capacitors are round or cylinder shaped devices (see picture for some examples) used to store then output charge in electrical systems. The amount of time a capacitor can store a charge depends on the size and the quality of the capacitor, to the point where some of the nicer ones can hold a charge for years. Err on the safe side and always assume that a capacitor is charged if you encounter one!
Here is a link to the NASD article: