Electrical Wires Causing Fire
The first hazard that we recognized as a major issue is the fact that electrical wires are spread around on the inside and outside of the buildings that are being worked on. If treated poorly, these wires could cause a major fire.
- · Example of Situation that Caused Fire
According to one of the construction workers at Cardinal Courts, Josh Kemp, one of the rooms had electrical damage. He stated his manager was checking rooms, smelled smoke, and investigated that a small fire had started from one of the lighting fixtures. If this were to happen again closer to the next semester, it could set back the date that some of the rooms can be open for students to move into.
- · Causes of Fire due to Electrical Distribution
- 1. The first example of electrical wires causing fire damage is if the wires were to be pulled apart or caught on another object. Scaffolding, machinery, and gutters could all cause electrical wires to pull apart and cause a fire.
- 2. Another example is that the wires may not be connected correctly which could cause a shortage/fire. Wires that are up in the ceiling, a breaker box, or even faulty switches are all examples.
- 3. Careless construction workers could walk into wires that are connected and cause damage. This could delay the move in process. If one has to work on the project all over again, it could take even longer.
- 4. Animals can chew the electrical wires if left out over night without anybody around to stop them.
- 5. The last instance is installing stripped or faulty wiring.
- · Assessment
- 1. The likelihood of these wires being damaged is possible.
- 2. The consequence of there being a fire is very severe. It could cause fire damage and smoke damage to the building itself and surrounding buildings.
- 3. Alert level would be high.
- · Risk Management Strategies
- 1. Risk Control
- – Test wiring before running it.
- – Put protection covers over the wires.
- – Make sure the coding on the wires is secure. No rips and tears.
- 2. Risk Finance
- – Risk Transfer Technique (Catastrophic Loss)
- · Recommendation
- · Our recommendation is to agree to test the wiring before it is installed. It is also a good idea to follow the safety manuals directions as how to hook up the electrical system. To know safety is in place is huge for an underwriter.