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. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50 workers die annually in excavation and trenching accidents. Though most electricians are not directly involved in excavating operations, electrical workers may get involved when completing underground line work.

Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession. 


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“What do you mean we need to relabel the electrical equipment? Didn’t we just do this a few years ago?”


The leading cause of residential fires in the United States each year—and the second leading cause of nonresidential fires—is electrical failure and malfunction.

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OSHA Makes Regulatory Flexibility Act Review Available
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made available the “look-back” study for OSHA’s construction standard on excavations.

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The Enforcers
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OSHA protects workplaces through focused efforts

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The Partners
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To better protect workers, OSHA forms partnerships

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What Goes Up . . .
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Take aerial lift safety measures seriously

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Alarming Statistics
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Reducing common injuries and maintaining safety practices According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH), exposure to electricity is still a major cause of death among construction workers.

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ESFI Designates May Electrical Safety Month
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May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means it’s time to check your year-round electrical safety awareness efforts, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

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Training in Infectious Hazards a Plus for Healthcare Contractors
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Electrical contractors have more at stake when working in healthcare than just doing quality electrical and low-voltage work. More than 2 million patients a year in U.S. hospitals acquire infections while they are hospitalized for other health problems, and 88,000 die as a result.

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