Safety

 

 

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. 

Major storms this hurricane season wreaked havoc on the southeastern United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These storms created weather hazards as well as dangerous conditions for power utilities and restoration efforts.

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Life is full of surprises, and so is the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. After years of requiring specific information on arc flash equipment labels, as listed in 130.5(H1) through (H3), the 2018 edition has introduced Exception No.

This December 1 is the deadline set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that requires medium to large contractors in certain industries, to provide injury, illness, and incident information using the new Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

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A Serious Problem: Combatting Opioid Abuse on the Job

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.


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Training 101

It finally happened. You have been asked to provide a short training program for your company’s staff. Whether it is about electrical safety, the latest National Electrical Code or any one of an infinite number of topics, training has become more important than ever.


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What's In Your Cup? Dangers Associated With Energy Drinks


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.


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The Safety Hazards of Working Alone

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration have begun investigating situations where employees were sent to work alone.


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OSHA Launches Campaign to Fight Heat-Related Illness

As the weather starts to heat up across the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to help workers prevent heat-related illnesses when working outdoors.


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OSHA's Inaugural Safe + Sound Week Attracts Strong Participation and Support

June 12–18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held off its inaugural Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event similar to the successful National Safety Stand Down week each May.


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OSHA Seeking Comments on Proposed Beryllium Rule

On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule that would modify a beryllium exposure standard (as it applies to the construction and shipyard industries) issued by the organization on January 9.


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