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

August 2017
Every year, dozens of people are killed and many more are injured in accidents involving aerial lifts, including cranes, digger derricks, scissor lifts, and boom-­supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers. Electricians and line and wire workers use this equipment often, so it is important to understand the hazards and risks associated with aerial lifts.
July 2017
Prescription opioid abuse has been a major health problem in the United States for the last 25 years and is now in the news almost daily. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that more than $100 billion in workplace losses can be attributed to accidents, lost productivity and other problems related to alcohol and drug abuse. READ MORE
June 2017
Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. READ MORE
May 2017
Asbestos is a well-known hazard because of attorney solicitations for clients exposed to it, public media messages and the material’s widespread use. Unfortunately, most people know much less about the details of asbestos—where it is found, the associated health hazards, and practical measures and regulatory requirements to control this danger. READ MORE
April 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule modifying a 40-year-old standard pertaining to exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. It contains new requirements for general, construction and shipyard industries. READ MORE
March 2017
Electrical energy is the most common hazardous energy in the workplace. For electricians, linemen and wiremen, it likely is the most familiar. However, hazardous energy comes in many forms, including mechanical, chemical, nuclear, pneumatic, hydraulic and gravitational. Regardless of the type, hazardous energy needs to be understood and controlled.
February 2017
Hand injuries account for roughly one-third of all occupational injuries, one-quarter of all lost time at work and one-fifth of all disability claims. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some specific regulations and requirements regarding the use of hand protection in the construction industry. READ MORE
January 2017
In this month’s column, I talk with Brett Brenner, president, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), about the foundation’s mission, the services it offers, the dangers of counterfeit electrical products and more.
 What is the ESFI and its membership about? READ MORE
January 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its annual regulatory agenda at its semiannual meeting. This year, the agency is attempting to tackle considerably more initiatives than in the past. The question is how the economy, the political climate and the 2016 presidential election will affect these policy goals. New rules