g. Do not handle equipment with power applied when hands, feet, or body is wet or the floor is
a. This subcourse does not deal with training for first aid. This is the responsibility of the local
commander and the supervisor. It is the individual's responsibility to be familiar with FM 21-11.
b. There are five safety steps to follow when encountering an individual experiencing electrical
shock. All personnel working with electrical/electronic equipment should know them.
(1) Do not try to grab or pull the individual away from the equipment.
(2) If possible, turn off the electrical power.
(3) If you cannot turn off the electrical power, pull, push, or lift the person to safety by using
a wooden pole, a rope or some other insulating material.
(4) Send for help as soon possible.
(5) After the injured person is free of contact with the source of electrical shock, move the
person a short distance away and immediately start artificial respiration, if required.
As a unit-level communications maintainer, you must
to identify unsafe
electrical/electronic situations and use correct safety procedures to eliminate these unsafe situations.
Most electrical/electronic accidents are caused by human error, not because of equipment failure.
Therefore, the unit-level communications maintainer must use common sense and proper safety
procedures. For example, he must not use, or allow to be used, WD-1 as ground traps, improper fuse
ratings (amp ratings and slow-or fat-blow fuses), and so forth. One of the most effective tools to prevent
electrical/electronic hazards is proper and current training. This responsibility lies as much with the
individual as with the commander.
b. If you, as the unit-level communications maintainer, apply the electrical/electronic safety
procedures and rules in this course, you will have a safe work area. Most important, you will be able to
keep electrical/electronic safety hazards to a minimum. This will afford you maximum use of personnel
and equipment to accomplish the mission.