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. 

The first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, sponsored by the American Ladder Institute (ALI), is taking place this month. According to the ALI, the event is "the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work.

Electrical energy is the most common hazardous energy in the workplace. For electricians, linemen and wiremen, it likely is the most familiar. However, hazardous energy comes in many forms, including mechanical, chemical, nuclear, pneumatic, hydraulic and gravitational.

It’s the same old story. An arc flash study was just completed, and the calculated incident energy exceeds 40 calories per square centimeter (cal/cm2) in many locations. When this happens, people often just shake their head and ask, “Now what do we do?”


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Since their inclusion in the National Electrical Code (NEC), arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) have brought greater protection to homes, many of which are increasingly overwhelmed by the growing electrical demands of our high-tech and appliance-rich lifestyles.

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Zeroing in on Electrical Safety in the Workplace

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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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