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. 

During the summer, hot weather increases the risk for heat-related injuries and illnesses. Since 2008, more than 100 workers have been killed on the job as a result of heat stress.

Attorney: “Can you tell us how Mr. Smith died?”
 Witness: “There was an electrical explosion. Something went wrong when he was working on the panel. A big fireball shot out that caught his clothing on fire. It was horrible.”


Nearly 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise every year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 125,000 workers have suffered significant or permanent hearing loss since 2004.

The primary focus of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is safety, and it offers specific requirements for how to install wiring and help ensure the safety of both the contractor and the building occupants.

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Praemonitus, Praemunitus
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Accidents involving electricity are common. All electricians should review the basic electrical hazard accident--prevention measures. It’s important to ensure the following five protective methods are in place.

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Eyes on the Road!
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Sixteen percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009 were in some way distraction-related. The number of fatalities involving blood alcohol content above the legal limit has dropped; however, the number of traffic fatalities has remained steady.

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Top 10
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You’re thinking, “I’m glad that’s finally over. Never again!” Yes, an arc flash calculation study can be quite overwhelming, especially your first one. But now the labels are on the equipment, the report has been filed away and this never-ending project is quickly becoming a faded memory.

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A Show of Hands
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Most of us take our hands for granted; we assume they’ll always be there and will function correctly whenever we need them. Although computerized technology rules much of our everyday life, construction is still a hands-on occupation.

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OSHA Withdraws Proposed Interpretation on Occupational Noise
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is withdrawing its proposed “Interpretation of OSHA’s Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise.” The interpretation would have clarified the term “feasible administrative or enginee

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Slip Sliding Away!
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It’s that time of year when the average temperature has dropped. No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you experience a sometimes dramatic dip in temperature. What “extreme cold” means varies across the country.

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OSHA Outlook 2011
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As unpleasant as it is to say, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contractor-related outlook for 2011 is bleak. This applies to every contractor, whether it is the most safety conscious or greatest of risk-takers.

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