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. 

Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications.

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration have begun investigating situations where employees were sent to work alone.

As the weather starts to heat up across the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to help workers prevent heat-related illnesses when working outdoors.

June 12–18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held off its inaugural Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event similar to the successful National Safety Stand Down week each May.

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Training and Safety

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Know Your Material

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