What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Winfred Marrero Pagan, our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for January, provides insight on improving safety errors like the one in this photo. Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture? Keep reading to find out more.


Live electrical parts are not guarded against potential contact by a person/employee working at or near the energized equipment.

Applicable Standard (s):

29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 1910.303(b)(1)(viii) Electric equipment shall be free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. The safety of equipment shall be determined using factors that can contribute to the practical safeguarding of persons using or likely to come in contact with the equipment.

29 CFR 1910.303 (g)(2)(i) Except as elsewhere required or permitted by this standard, live parts of electric equipment operating at 50 volts or more shall be guarded against accidental contact by use of approved cabinets, approved enclosures or by any other means stipulated by the standard.

Corrective Action(s):

  1. Disconnect the power (using Lock-out / Tagout procedures) to the live conductors or have a qualified person connect a junction box or other means to enclose the live conductor to prevent employee exposure. Add these issues to the periodic inspections and teach employees to report such issues when found.
  2. Effectively guard the equipment against accidental contact by securing the enclosure. Install suitable covers to return the panel’s safeguarding dead-front condition. A dead-front panel is one that has no exposed live parts.

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Winfred Marrero Pagan
Safety Consultant USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program