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WorkSafe Awards 2011 Entrant: Nilsen (Vic) Pty Ltd

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2011

During a routine daily inspection of an electrical switchboard at a power generation site, an employee noticed the insulated caps on the fuse wedges had been removed. This is common, because when electricians conduct their testing, they remove the caps and rarely replace them leaving exposed live screws which does not comply with AS3000 and has a potential of an electric shock to any person exposed to this environment. Using a suitable compound protects against the potential of an electrical shock and doesn't need to be removed for testing purposes and remains durable through repetitive testing. Nilsen management investigated the problem and found a suitable compound rated to 1000v and up to 80°C. By using this product, the fuse wedges are now compliant. The solution was integrated into the workplace via a specialised presentation at various toolbox meetings. Awareness and solution to the dangers of this hazard has resulted in a safer workplace.

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