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 dog days of summer are upon us. It is vacation season, and employees are likely to spend more time outdoors on home-improvement projects and other leisure activities. With so much emphasis on job safety, it’s easy to forget that most injuries and illnesses actually happen away from work.

I’ve heard it all before. “What were they thinking when they wrote this standard? If I were them, this is how I would have done it.” When it comes to arc flash and electrical safety standards, complaints, armchair quarterbacking and second-guessing follow as soon as the latest edition comes out.

Powered industrial trucks cause approximately 100 fatalities and more than 35,000 serious injuries every year. It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of all accidents involving this type of equipment can be attributed to lack of training.

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That famous song lyric can be appropriately applied to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E. What is gone? Zero is no longer one of the hazard/risk categories (HRCs).

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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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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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