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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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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Chemistry Set
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It's obvious that work sites are dangerous places, but the present dangers may not be apparent.

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Zeroing in on Workplace Safety
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Risk is a part of life, but it’s more immediate and apparent in some lives—including those spent in the construction industry. Every construction project starts with some uncertainties. Will anything prevent us from accomplishing what we promised? Will we make a reasonable profit?

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One Size Does Not Fit All
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One of the first steps in performing an arc flash calculation study is to request short-circuit data from the electric utility company. This kind of request is pretty routine, and utilities have been providing this type of data for short-circuit studies for years.

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Creepy Crawlies
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Fukushima: Re-energizing Nuclear-Safety Concerns
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As the aftermath of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami unfolded, many became mesmerized by photos and videos of desperate workers struggling against time to keep the disastrous situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant from becoming even worse.

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