Tom O'Connor

Safety Manager

Tom O'Connor is safety and regulatory affairs manager for Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. He has significant experience working with national and international trade associations with an expertise in government affairs. Reach him at

Articles by Tom O'Connor

February 2015
On a daily basis, we hear sounds and noise in our environment from a variety of sources, such as television, radio, household appliances and traffic. However, these everyday sounds are usually at a safe volume. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that, annually, 30 million people are exposed to hazardous occupational noise. READ MORE
February 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is gearing up for some aggressive policy goals in the coming year. Its regulatory agenda furthers progress on a series of existing initiatives and some new areas of focus. READ MORE
January 2015
Moving materials around a work site is part of everyday life for an electrician or wireman. Unfortunately, the simple acts of pushing, pulling and lifting objects are extremely hazardous when they are not executed properly. Far too often, they result in costly injuries. However, abiding by some basic safety protocols can help minimize some of these on-the-job hazards.
December 2014
In 2013, there were 796 on-the-job fatalities in the construction industry, 294 of which were caused by falls. Additionally, improper fall protection is one of the most cited violations on job sites by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These staggering statistics are a reminder that fall protection must be taken seriously.
November 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 5 million U.S. workers are required to wear respirators. For linemen and wiremen, respirators protect against environments with insufficient oxygen levels, harmful airborne dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. READ MORE
October 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million U.S. workers enter confined spaces every year. Unfortunately, nearly 100 workers are killed, and more than 5,000 other accidents occur annually in such environments. 
September 2014
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50 workers die annually in excavation and trenching accidents. Though most electricians are not directly involved in excavating operations, electrical workers may get involved when completing underground line work. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some specific guidelines for this type of work.
August 2014
The leading cause of residential fires in the United States each year—and the second leading cause of nonresidential fires—is electrical failure and malfunction. Electrical fires have caused hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and more than a billion dollars in property damage over the last several years alone. READ MORE
July 2014
During the summer, hot weather increases the risk for heat-related injuries and illnesses. Since 2008, more than 100 workers have been killed on the job as a result of heat stress. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the risks and symptoms associated with heat-related injuries and illnesses and to know how to prevent them on the job.