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. 

If you don’t agree that a fire alarm system is more than a fire alarm system, you should probably revisit Chapter 21, Emergency Control Function Interfaces, in NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

Slips, trips and falls are leading causes of death in the workplace. In addition, they account for more than 1 million hospital visits nationwide each year, resulting in thousands of disabling injuries. Many of these incidents can be prevented by adhering to some basic safety protocols.

While National Electrical Safety Month was created and is also primarily managed by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a number of other entities engage in activities and promote in other ways.

On March 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule, updating the more than 40-year-old standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure limits and other silica-related hazards.

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The Visual Inspection

The calls vary, but all have a similar theme: “My fire alarm system needs work. Can you help?” Of course, the answer is always yes. But professional contractors know they must make a thorough investigation of the installed system before determining the scope of the work.


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A Life Is On the Line

Electrical safety is as much an individual responsibility as it is an organizational responsibility. Employers (contractors) are required to provide a safe workplace for workers, and qualified workers must know how to recognize and avoid electrical hazards to keep them safe.


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Comfort and Injury Prevention Can Go Hand in Hand

What is ergonomics, and what does it mean to the average construction worker on the job site? Ergonomics is the science of designing equipment to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort while doing the job.


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OSHA Finalizes PPE Rule
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on Clarification of Employers’ Duty to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Each Employee.


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Can School Disasters Still Happen?

On March 4, 1908, at the Lake View School in Collinwood, Ohio, 172 students and three adults died in the largest life-loss school fire in U.S. history. At the 13th annual National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) meeting in 1909, then-president C.M. Goddard addressed the event.


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Soles4Souls Accepting Gently Worn Safety Footwear
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Soles4Souls Inc. is actively looking for safety footwear to donate to people in need, whether the shoes come directly from manufacturers or employees who are required to wear safety shoes. Many shoes that are discarded can be cleaned up and donated, and other shoes thrown out are brand new.


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Cooper Bussmann Announces Eight New High-Impact Electrical Seminars
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Cooper Bussmann will hold a series of eight Electrical Seminars beginning in March at the new Cooper Technology Center in Houston. The Seminars will cover a wide range of industry-relevant topics, from electrical safety to industrial control panel overcurrent protection considerations.


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