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. 

In October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health programs, bringing the original guidelines from 1989 into the 21st century.

Every day, More than 2,000 people incur job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is estimated that proper eye and face protection can prevent 90 percent of these injuries.

This article is the fifth and final part in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. The previous parts appeared in the January, March, May and July 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL ­CONTRACTOR and are on

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

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Too Close for Comfort

The term “working distance” appears 20 times in the 2012 Edition of NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It appears 12 more times in the annexes.

Lose to Win

We all know when we’ve gained weight without ever going near a scale. Our clothes feel tighter and less comfortable. Many of us ignore the signs and simply buy the next size up.

Scientists Assess Ocean Radioactivity From Fukushima Incident
by Staff |

With recent news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the radioactive effect on the ocean remains unclear. But a new study by U.S.

Lightning Strikes Twice: Proper Grounding Prevents Outages
by Staff |

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.

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.

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

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.