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. 

Hand injuries account for roughly one-third of all occupational injuries, one-quarter of all lost time at work and one-fifth of all disability claims.

In this month’s column, I talk with Brett Brenner, president, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), about the foundation’s mission, the services it offers, the dangers of counterfeit electrical products and more.
 What is the ESFI and its membership about?

Requirements for arc flash labels are addressed in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC).

The U.S. DepartmentS of Labor and Health and Human Services estimate that more than half of all employers offer their employees some form of wellness program. Statistics also indicate most organizations that don’t have a program in place plan to add one in the future.

More on Safety

Training and Safety

These two topics—training and safety—are appropriate to cover together; properly trained installers will be safe workers, and safe workers are more likely to do careful, good work.

Know Your Material

Although training is an integral part of any health and safety program, doing it effectively often is easier said than done. The toolbox talk is a refresher to remind workers of specific safety topics that may apply to a certain job site, task or seasonal safety issue.

Smoke Detectors

We have all had experience with smoke detectors. Specifying the right smoke detector for the application will improve the reliability of fire alarm systems tremendously. Of course, the detector must be installed correctly to prevent problems.

National Construction Fatality Rate Declines, Safety Incidents Down
by Staff |

Since 1998, the national construction fatality rate declined 47 percent, and the number of recordable safety incidents dropped 38 percent since the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as “collaborative safety,” according to an analysis of federal safety data released by

STOP Electrical Accidents

It is easy to forget just how dangerous electicity can be. Given the correct conditions, it can kill. Or it can deliver a painful shock, damage sensitive equipment and ignite combustible materials. The National Safety Council estimates 600 people die every year of electrical causes.

ESFI Awarded Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has been selected as one of 149 organizations that will receive one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awards for the fiscal year 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S).

Read the Label

Read the label? Use as directed? It sounds like I’m reading a prescription bottle. However, the warning label produced from an arc flash calculation study contains more than just the words “Warning!