common sense safety rules that should be used when working with
electricity in and agricultural structures.
glasses, hard hat, gloves, steel-toes shoes or boots, tool belt,
rubber mat, portable ground fault circuit interrupter, circuit
appropriate clothing, shoes, and headgear for the job to
be done. A hard hat and steel-toed footwear will help
protect you from falling objects. Rubber heels and soles
without nails help insulate against shock. Clothing should
fit well and not be too loose or baggy. Do not wear metal
rings and watchbands that might get caught on something.
Wear safety glasses if there is a chance of flying particles.
tools that protect you. Use only UL listed power tools.
Double insulated power tools offer valuable protection against
electric shock. Hand tools, like screwdrivers and pliers,
should have insulated handles. Three wire tools.
tools in good condition. Repair or replace damaged tools.
If an extension cord is used in your agricultural structure,
be sure it is protected by GFCI, use the portable type.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) on power sources.
If you are in the process of construction and the power
source is not protected by GFCI, use the portable type.
the structure clean. Good housekeeping habits can prevent
injuries to humans and animals.
working in a damp location, take precautions against shock.
Do not stand on wet ground or a damp floor when using electrical
equipment. Stand on a rubber mat or other non-conducting
material for protection. Use GFCI.
work on a "hot" electrical circuit. Disconnect power
to the branch before you work on wiring or equipment. Test
the circuit to be sure it is not live by plugging in a lamp
or circuit tester. Lock out tagout to prevent another person
from turning power back on. Type of extension cord to use?
heavy-walled conduit. If agricultural buildings, conduit
may be subject to severe physical abuse, hence the need
for heavy-walled conduit.
a watertight, non-metallic conduit in such wet locations
as milking parlors and fruit and vegetable processing areas.
agricultural buildings, wiring devices, boxes and fittings
that are water tight and dust tight, and made of corrosion-resistant
code requirements for wiring livestock facilities. Following
are examples of facilities that must meet strict code requirements.
Buildings that house livestock in confinement and are totally
enclosed and environmentally controlled; buildings where
excessive dust or dust with water may accumulate; buildings
where animal excrement may cause corrosive vapors in the
confinement area; buildings where corrosive particles may
combine with water; and buildings where the area is damp
and wet because of frequent washing with water and sanitizing
fixtures that may be exposed to moisture from condensation
or building cleaning water must be water tight.
fixtures that may be exposed to physical damage from dust,
moisture, or corrosive gases must be protected by a suitable
circuitry for the water supply system of the building should
be wired ahead of the main electrical disconnect at the
building. Then, if the electrical system at the building
is shut off, there would still be a supply of water to the
convenience and safety, use underground wiring to and within
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