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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Zeroing in on Electrical Safety in the Workplace

The standard on "control of hazardous energy" is fourth on the list of the Top 10 most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and third on the list of citations that drew the highest penalties.


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Arc Flash - Unplugged

Dynamite, gasoline, gunpowder and electricity: What do these have in common? Each one can explode. Something as simple as the slip of a screwdriver can cause the electric power system to act like a bomb.


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Contractor Wins Elite Safety Award
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For the third year in a row, Meade Electric Co. Inc. of Joliet, Ill., won ExxonMobil’s highest contractor award for safety. Meade Electric received the Diamond Award at the Three Rivers Manufacturer’s Association (TRMA) annual dinner in April.


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Protection off the Job

Much is done to keep employees safe on the job site. Safety signs are posted, guards and barricades are erected, protective equipment is issued, and the work area is kept as safe as possible. At home, safety is up to the employee.


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How Did We Get Here?

It seems like the more you attempt to learn about arc flash and electrical safety, the more confusing it becomes. A mixture of -letters such as OSHA, NFPA 70E, NEC, IEEE 1584, ASTM F1506 seem to be the secret language used by the electrical safety industry.


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Put It Out

Fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of accidental injury and death in the United States. Of these, most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gas inhalation, not from the flames themselves. Many deaths can be avoided by the proper use of a portable fire extinguisher.


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