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Electrical construction is dangerous work. Electrical contractors and workers must always adhere to safety best practices. Just what are those practices? The following articles, listed chronologically by date, document safety measures and practices that help ensure everyone gets home safely at the end of the work day. 

More than 2 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds every day. Scaffold accidents cause thousands of injuries and are involved in many job-site fatalities each year.

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Following a surge in job-site deaths, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a contentious bill requiring construction workers to receive more safety training. Workers on most construction sites will now need to receive at least 40 hours of additional safety training.

Arc flash events occur every single day in the United States, and some of them result in a fatality or severe burns for the victim.

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!

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