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. 

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.

Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession. 


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“What do you mean we need to relabel the electrical equipment? Didn’t we just do this a few years ago?”


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?

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Raising the Bar
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Ever wonder how companies win safety awards or achieve zero injuries? Safety benchmarking could be the explanation and the path to accomplish success with your safety program.

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The Key to Safety
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On average, 80 electricians are killed each year in workplace accidents, which are not limited to electrocutions. More than 10,000 electricians are injured each year with an average work time loss of 10 days per incident. These statistics are unacceptable.

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Vertical Clearance
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It would seem obvious that using portable metal ladders around live electrical components is dangerous. However, statistics indicate that not everyone gets it.

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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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What's Your CO IQ?
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Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is an ever-present fact of life these days. It’s found anywhere combustion occurs. It presents no threat in small amounts. But in large amounts, it can be very dangerous—even deadly. Because of the danger, it’s important to know some basics about CO.

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Too Close for Comfort
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The term “working distance” appears 20 times in the 2012 Edition of NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It appears 12 more times in the annexes.

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