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. 

For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division.

Falling objects such as tools, people and other materials are major work site hazards throughout the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates this hazard causes more than 50,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year.

When All Electric Services Inc., 
Carbondale, Ill., won the electrical installation for a water park in its hometown, the company made safety the project’s focus.

Thunderstorms


Every year, preventable, weather-related injuries and deaths occur both on and off the job. With the summer storm season in full swing, employers and employees must educate themselves about the dangers associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

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Preparing for the Worst

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

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

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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Stay Safe Out There
by Staff |

Safety awareness shouldn’t be intermittent. It is something every person, regardless of profession or industry, should keep in mind. Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) campaigns to raise awareness of electrical safety by sponsoring National Electrical Safety Month.


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Editors' Pick
Raising the Bar

Ever wonder how companies win safety awards or achieve zero injuries? Safety benchmarking could be the explanation and the path to accomplish success with your safety program.


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The Key to Safety

On average, 80 electricians are killed each year in workplace accidents, which are not limited to electrocutions. More than 10,000 electricians are injured each year with an average work time loss of 10 days per incident. These statistics are unacceptable.


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Vertical Clearance

It would seem obvious that using portable metal ladders around live electrical components is dangerous. However, statistics indicate that not everyone gets it.


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