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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule modifying a 40-year-old standard pertaining to exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. It contains new requirements for general, construction and shipyard industries.

The first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, sponsored by the American Ladder Institute (ALI), is taking place this month. According to the ALI, the event is "the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work.

Electrical energy is the most common hazardous energy in the workplace. For electricians, linemen and wiremen, it likely is the most familiar. However, hazardous energy comes in many forms, including mechanical, chemical, nuclear, pneumatic, hydraulic and gravitational.

It’s the same old story. An arc flash study was just completed, and the calculated incident energy exceeds 40 calories per square centimeter (cal/cm2) in many locations. When this happens, people often just shake their head and ask, “Now what do we do?”


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Behind The Wheel

The integrated systems contractor, collectively, is one of the most mobile workforces in the United States. Plus, these contractors are connected to an active network of business and personal communications through cellular or smartphone wireless devices.


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Keeping Track

While Injury and illness records need only be posted in the workplace from Feb. 1 until April 30, the recordkeeping is ongoing. Not only must injuries and illnesses be logged again this year and compiled in 2014, other safety and health events and activities must be recorded and maintained.


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Arc Flash Studies

After having consultants crawl all over the place, asking questions and gathering mounds of data, the arc flash study for your facility is finally done.


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OSHA Warns of Carbon Monoxide Dangers in Cold Weather
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cold winter weather serves as a reminder for employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


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When No One Is Watching

Safety professionals often discuss the concept of a safety culture but, surprisingly, have been hard-pressed to offer a solid definition or prescription for achieving positive promotion of such a thing.


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A Dangerous Combination

in our industry, accidents often involve electricity. Beyond the risk of shock and electrocution, electricity generates extreme heat and arc flashes, which can cause fires.


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Is It Dead Yet?

“Kill the Circuit.” This phrase is a colorful way of saying de-energize the circuit. Easy enough­—just open a switch or other protective device and the circuit is “dead.” It should then be safe to work on, right? Wrong! Simply opening a switch does not guarantee the circuit is de-energized. Really?


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