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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. 

In recent years, thousands of occupational fatalities and injuries have occurred as a result of electrical contact. Many of these accidents happen when workers do not use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job or they use it improperly.

System upgrades, short-circuit current


It goes up. It goes down. Sometimes, it is thought to be infinite (although it isn’t), and other times, it seems impossible to find. The available short-circuit current from the electric utility is one of the more important pieces of information for an arc flash hazard calculation study.

Fires and explosions in the workplace result in nearly 200 fatalities and injure some 5,000 workers every year. The resulting costs of such incidents reach more than $2 billion annually.

The current economic climate in Washington, D.C., is uncertain at best. Last minute approval of the federal budget in late December would seem to offer a little more insight into how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will operate in 2014.

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The Trend
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It seems like more companies are performing arc flash hazard calculation studies (AFHCS) than ever before. One of the biggest attractions is that the study results provide just about everything you need to comply with many NFPA 70E requirements.

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Spring Ahead to Fall Facts
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In a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report on workplace fatality statistics from the 1990s, falls were the fourth-leading cause of death in the workplace. Unfortunately, more recent statistics show that falls are now the No.

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Only You Can Prevent Fires
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You may be thinking, “Really? Another column about fire safety and prevention?” But statistics show this information bears repeating. On average, there are more than 200 workplace fires every day in the United States.

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Don't Touch That!
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It has been more than 100 years since Thomas Edison commissioned the first electrical generating station in New York City. One might expect that we would know everything there is to know about electrical safety by now, yet our knowledge continues to grow.

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Take Your Pick
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 The 2012 Edition of NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, has made a significant change to the information requirements for arc flash warning labels. According to Section 130.5(C), the following is now required:

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You have identified behaviors in an employee or co-worker that led you to believe they have a substance abuse problem. Now what? Workplace substance abuse should never be taken lightly; your safety—as well as the safety of the other employees and the abuser—is at risk.

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A Wrinkle in the World of Safety
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The green movement has made the environment safer in many ways and has created eco-friendlier jobs. As with any new employment sector, these jobs are helping to invigorate the economy and get workers back to work.

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