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. 

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. 


As a contractor, you bid on numerous fire alarm system projects based on plans and specifications developed by an engineer. You assume the engineer has discussed such things as quality and reliability with the owner because the specifications focus on those issues.

Orientations, safety talks, task training, job briefings and safety meetings each require an interaction between the company and the employee.

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.

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Vertical Clearance
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Observe Electrical Safety in May; Practice It Year-Round!
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Since 1994, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has been promoting electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.

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The Mother of Invention
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Plato, the Greek philosopher, had it right almost 2,500 years ago. He is widely credited for the quote, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When it comes to arc flashes, many creative methods have been developed out of necessity to reduce or eliminate these potentially deadly hazards.

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Under Review
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If you have ever challenged an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation or looked into the appeal process, chances are you have heard about the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).

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Preparing for the Worst
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A customer of yours hears a tornado siren blaring in the distance and takes cover in his storm shelter. Soon after, a roaring freight train seemingly passes overhead.

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Zero Energy, Zero Injuries
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Safety is an integral part of the electrical construction business and, as such, is an important shared responsibility between employers and employees. Implementing safety-related work practices is not optional. It is a requirement.

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Be the Change
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The famous phrase “The more things change, the more they stay the same” has never been further from the truth than when it comes to NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Many changes occur with each new edition in an effort to continually improve electrical safety.

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