SRINAGAR: A day-long workshop on Electrical Safety, Accident Prevention and Disaster Management organised by the J&K State Disaster Management Authority, Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery Project, in collaboration with the Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI), J&K State Centre and the J&K Power Development Department (PDD) was held at the IEI, J&K State Centre, Srinagar, on Thursday.
More than 350 participants were present for the programme, including PDD engineers, electric linemen, civil society members, civil defence volunteers, State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) personnel and disaster management professionals.
Director, Training, Testing, Inspection and Commissioning Wing,
Er. Mohammaad Yousuf Baba said, “We have to make it a habit to use safety devices and adhere to safety norms to avoid accidents. Before replacing a lamp or handling a fan, make sure that the supply is switched off,” he said.
He added that poles should be painted only in silver or orange as these colours are conspicuous and are therefore safe for traffic and pedestrians. “Paint the poles on the road with black and yellow stripes upto the height of 180 cm, so as to protect them from possible damage during the night by fast-moving vehicles,” he said
During the workshop, participants were imparted hands-on training in search-and-rescue techniques, fire-fighting and first aid. A mock drill was also held on the occasion.
PDD Secretary Technical Er. Bashir Ahmad Dar said while speaking at the workshop, “Employees working on poles or structures shall use safety belts, they shall be fully conversant with the proper and correct method of fixing and removing the belt.”
He further said employees should use safety belts and helmets while working above ground level. The belt should provide correct slackness to give perfect control combined with maximum freedom of movement. “While ascending or descending a ladder, use both hands,” he said. “Several workmen should not climb a ladder at the same time, and the base of the ladder should not be placed less than a quarter of the length of the ladder from the supporting surface.”
The programme was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, who called it a very important programme and emphasised to the employees that they must use safety precautions when working with electricity.