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. 

In recent years, the number of counterfeit consumer safety products and electronic components has grown exponentially in the United States. The problem has become so widespread that counterfeit airplane parts were even found in Air Force One.

The new year may not be here just yet, but the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) is! And with it comes new requirements to help protect workers from arc-flash hazards.


On November 17, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) standards in general industries such as building management services, utilities, warehousing, retail, windo

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.

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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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Understanding the Unseen

The work electrical contractors do every day poses some obvious, inherent safety risks. After all, few jobs are riskier than those involving live electrical wires. However, electrical contractors also face a number of hidden hazards that, over time, could be every bit as deadly as arcing current.


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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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