Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 22, 2013


Extension cords – who can repair them?

electrical extension cord

When a worker at a construction site inspects an extension cord and determines that it needs to be repaired, who can repair it?

Anyone who is qualified can do the repair – the person does not have to be a licensed electrician to repair a typical extension cord. However, the person must have the knowledge and skills to repair the cord correctly, must understand the hazards involved in making the repair, and must be able to describe what could happen if the repair is done wrong. The employer is responsible for determining if the person is qualified; the basis for the determination is normally from the electrical industry perspective.

Additional requirements for extension cords are in Oregon OSHA's subdivision 3/K electrical rules. Extension cords must be used in continuous lengths without a splice or tap and repairs must meet the cord manufacturer's original specifications.


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