Wesley L. Wheeler

Director of Safety

Wes Wheeler is NECA’s director of safety and is a technical committee member on both NFPA 70 NEC and NFPA 70E; he has taught OSHA classes for the NJATC. He can be reached at wesley.wheeler@necanet.org.

Articles by Wesley L. Wheeler

October 2017
Silica! Just the word alone conjures images of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors, citations, respirators and expensive tools to comply with the regulations. Silica! Will every person in construction come down with silicosis? Silica! So, what are the effects from silica on an average or even large contractors working in construction today. Silica! READ MORE
June 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration have begun investigating situations where employees were sent to work alone. This is a direct result of recent deaths that involved workers who were performing work solo and whether a co-worker’s presence could have helped prevent these deaths. READ MORE
October 2014
Orientations, safety talks, task training, job briefings and safety meetings each require an interaction between the company and the employee. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with their standards including new hire training, safety training, specific task training and training in regulations. READ MORE
September 2014
We have heard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the industry that, for a safety program to be effective, management must be involved. What does that mean? Do they only fund the program? Does management hire just one person to oversee safety? Is the upper management of the company aware of all the safety issues that have been encountered on the job? READ MORE
May 2014
How many times has an owner or a customer asked your company to work on energized equipment? How many times has an electrician chosen to not turn off a circuit because it was inconvenient? How many times have you heard, “Yes, we can work it hot, since our competition won’t do it?” The answers to these questions can have major consequences in terms of injury and plant operations. READ MORE