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 first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is government regulation compliance.

“Properly” and “Maintained”—these two words always come up when discussing arc flash hazards. Why? Because protective devices such as circuit breakers and relays that have not been properly maintained may not operate as quickly as they should.

There are many frequently asked questions about performing an arc-flash study (risk assessment) and understanding electrical safety requirements. A careful read of standards such as NPFA 70E or IEEE 1584 can answer some questions. Yet, other questions can be more complex.

Contact with electrical current is one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and fatalities. Due to the nature of their jobs, wire and line workers carry an exponential risk for being involved in these types of incidents.

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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.

Slip Sliding Away!

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.

OSHA Outlook 2011

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.

Selective Coordination Vs. Arc Flash Protection

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.

Back to School

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.

Doing the Heavy Lifting

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

A State of Shock

Electrical safety is a topic worth discussing repeatedly. Both government and private organizations cover it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed regulations addressing electrical hazards.