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?”


The leading cause of residential fires in the United States each year—and the second leading cause of nonresidential fires—is electrical failure and malfunction.

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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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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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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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Selective Coordination Vs. Arc Flash Protection
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When selective coordination is critical, e.g., minimizing the extent of an outage, a common design practice is to use a main circuit breaker without an instantaneous tripping function and feeder breakers with one.

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Back to School
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Safety training is a fact of life for employers. It is essential for several reasons: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates it, and more importantly, offering safety training is the right thing to do.

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Doing the Heavy Lifting
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On Aug. 9, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the long-awaited Crane and Derricks in Construction Final Rule.

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