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

August 2006
There are a limited number and amount of chemicals that electricians use to perform their work. Wire lubricants, contact cleaners, etc., are used in sparing quantities. However, the number and variety of substances they can be exposed to is unlimited. READ MORE
July 2006
It is common knowledge that too much sun and heat are dangerous. What electrical contractors may find surprising is the impact of these hazards and the control the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may exercise over an employer for providing protection. A better understanding of these hazards and protection required is needed throughout the industry. READ MORE
June 2006
As usual, there is much to report on changes involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). New legislation has been proposed, advances have been made on proposed regulations, and new cooperative programs and materials have been created. Of course, there is ever-popular update on OSHA’s enforcement activity. None of this would be possible without a budget. READ MORE
May 2006
Accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but the majority of accidents do not occur at work. Through the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace fatalities in the electrical construction trades have decreased from 18.3 per 100,000 full-time workers in 1995 to 9 in the year 2000. READ MORE
May 2006
Falls account for one-third of construction industry fatalities and are the fourth leading cause of fatalities in all industries. Line employees face this hazard every day. To prevent falls, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established rules. These rules are specific to the work performed and surface from which work is performed. READ MORE
May 2006
Since 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established, it seems as though there has been no end to the addition or changing of regulations. Fortunately, time has provided advances in technology to cope with the growing number of requirements. READ MORE
April 2006
In previous years, the horror stories of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) paperwork violations were overwhelming. For example, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) citations to contractors for simple items such as rebar and dishwashing liquid went missing. OSHA recognized the futility of this and released a revised paperwork compliance directive on Nov. 11, 1995. READ MORE
April 2006
The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NCOSHA) Division of Safety Research investigated the fatal fall of an electrical mechanic. The mechanic had fallen through an unguarded floor opening. The division’s report offered three recommendations for preventing future occurrences. “1. READ MORE
March 2006
Time and again, electricians are told to deenergize for compliance and safety. Of course, there are exceptions. The question is what justifies an exception. Answering this requires a review of the regulation. To apply it to real life, one needs something more thought-provoking. READ MORE