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. 

This article is the third in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. Parts 1 and 2 appeared in the January and March 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, respectively.

While National Electrical Safety Month was created and is also primarily managed by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a number of other entities engage in activities and promote in other ways.

On March 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule, updating the more than 40-year-old standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure limits and other silica-related hazards.

Collisions between workers and vehicles are some of the most expensive incidents on a work site. Beyond the most important form of defense—having diligent and well-trained workers on-site—some contractors use digital solutions to prevent collisions.

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Four Critical Minutes

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) causes 13 percent of workplace fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA receives about 400 reports of workplace deaths from cardiac arrest annually.


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Lightning Strikes Twice: Proper Grounding Prevents Outages
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Lightning storms occur 130 days per year on average in Florida’s “Lightning Alley,” making it one of the most dangerous areas in the United States with respect to weather-related incidents.


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Ghosts of a Building's Past

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) reports that more than one-fourth of its 1,600 owned buildings are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.


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2012 OSHA Expectations

Outcome Goal 2.1 of the Department of Labor’s Strategic Plan for 2010–2016 is to “Secure safe and healthy workplaces, particularly in high-risk industries.” To accomplish this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed strategies to target industries where employees are


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Every Breath You Take

The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die annually from various types of lung conditions that can be attributed, at least in part, to air quality. That is more than 500,000 deaths in the United States each year.


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UL Warns of Unauthorized UL Mark on Insulated Wire
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Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) issued a notice to authorities having jurisdiction, consumers, electrical contractors and retailers regarding a product that is not authorized to bear the UL mark.


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Turn Around, Don't Drown

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