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 joconnor@intecweb.com.

Articles by Joe O'Connor

August 2003
Electrocution is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in the electrical construction industry. On the surface, this may seem natural. The focus of the work involves electricity. But consider this: electricians are supposed to be highly skilled at handling dangerous electrical energy. READ MORE
July 2003
Most Electrical contractors use ToolBox Talks as a component of their company safety program. Many clients and general contractors require some type of safety meeting be conducted on a weekly basis. The Toolbox Talk is frequently used to meet these requirements. They remind workers to be safe and demonstrate management’s commitment to safety. READ MORE
June 2003
Help employees before it hurts your business Discussion of drug and alcohol policy can yield a number of responses. For the non-drinker or someone who has lost a loved one due to another’s abuse, the topic commands respect. The social drinker cautiously evaluates the comparison of alcohol with the use of illicit drugs and is turned away by an overzealous approach. READ MORE
May 2003
The humble ladder tops the list of injury agents Ladder safety seems like an odd topic for an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR article. One would think there are more serious issues to be addressed. Most of us have been using ladders from the time we could climb. It could be this familiarity that places the ladder atop the list of injury agents and as No. READ MORE
May 2003
No safety issue has ever generated more controversy than ergonomics. The list of activists on both sides seems without end. The same is true of the actions taken by these parties. There have been and/or are federal and state government standards, guidelines, lawsuits, consensus standards and appeals. To offer a review of risk factors (i.e. READ MORE
April 2003
You can never be too careful READ MORE
March 2003
Let’s face it: most companies don’t look at safety as an ongoing operation. They purchase a manual and place it on the shelf to collect dust. Or a company may take a step forward and enter data in a software program like the NECA Safety Expert System. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Safety must be maintained and keeping the program fresh and “in sync” with OSHA requires a great deal of effort. READ MORE
February 2003
In the many articles I have written about safety and health, I have unthinkingly referred to a number of documents, such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interpretations, etc. The astute editor to whom I submitted the article would ask me for an explanation. READ MORE
January 2003
Worker fatalities exceed 10,000 per year and work-related disabling injuries amount to 1.8 million. Direct and indirect costs associated with these accidents exceed $47 billion. Given these figures, it’s clear to see why first aid is an important part of any safety program. Prompt, proper care affects the severity of the injuries. READ MORE

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