Joe O'Connor

Freelance Writer

Joe O'Connor is with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. Based in Waverly, Pa., he can be reached at 607.624.7159 or

Articles by Joe O'Connor

January 2008
Inspections and citations are down. Little activity has occurred on the advancement of new regulations. In addition, if we look at the proposed budget for 2008, funding seems inappropriate to keep pace with rising costs. In fact, the budget again calls for the elimination of the Susan Harwood Training Grants. READ MORE
December 2007
Electrical contractors know they comply with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. However, compliance goes beyond the written standards. The OSHA Act specifically requires employers to provide a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. READ MORE
November 2007
Navigating standards that affect the electrical industry can seem like traveling through a maze with no start or end point. Entry to the maze can occur through any number of standards, including regulations set by government. The key is to understand the purpose of each standard and the relationships between them. READ MORE
October 2007
According to the 2007 learning and development survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), little has been changed in the methods selected by company trainers. The focus remains on the use of trainer-centered delivery, greater reliance on line supervisors and on-the-job training. READ MORE
October 2007
What do you do when the air quality at work is found to be a hazard? The best way to protect your employees is to get rid of the hazard. Ventilation is an engineering control that may eliminate respiratory hazards. You can try to control exposure administratively through scheduling. Work may be able to be done when contaminants are not present in harmful quantities. READ MORE
August 2007
Ladders, like wire cutters and electrical tape, are important to the electrical contractor; however, their use tends to carry with it many hazards. When used properly, the hazards can be controlled. The safety rules that apply to ladders are a combination of OSHA regulations and proven common-sense practices. The first step is to choose the right ladder for the job. READ MORE
July 2007
When a hazard exists at a work site, there are two ways to limit access. First is a positive form where the hazardous area is under lock-and-key access, and the operator has control over who enters. Second is the passive form, which is where signs come into play. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established standards (1926.200 and 1910.145) for signs and tags. READ MORE
June 2007
Several hazards hold the most potential for injuries No matter how comfortable an electrician feels working with electricity, danger must never be overlooked. OSHA estimates about 350 electrical-related deaths occur each year. A shock as little as 1 mA can be dangerous and easily achieved at low voltage under certain conditions (wet surfaces, damaged or punctured skin). READ MORE
May 2007
OSHA protects workplaces through focused efforts READ MORE