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Deviation from SWP Causes Live Conduit to be Cut

Deviation from SWP Causes Live Conduit to be Cut


Electricians were to relocate a piece of conduit to a different building. The safe to work permit (SWP) requirements for this task would have the employees demo out a section of conduit that did not contain any wiring. Their foreman explained the scope of work to be completed and filled out their SWP.  In the process of moving the conduit, the employees started to cut other conduit which was not a part of the original work scope.  The employees then mistakenly cut a conduit that contained live wires. The wires were attached to a waste solvent shutdown control. When the conduit was cut an alarm was sent to ERT who responded to the scene. ERT resolved the issue immediately by overriding the pumps. The wires that were cut were reconnected and the control was put back into working condition.

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  1. Utilize a checklist to help ensure all hazards are identified prior to demolition activities commencing.
  2. Ensure that work activities follow the previously laid out SWP.
  3. Verify that conduit which is going to be demoed is the correct conduit and does not contain live wires.
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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