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. 

Nearly 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise every year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 125,000 workers have suffered significant or permanent hearing loss since 2004.

The primary focus of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is safety, and it offers specific requirements for how to install wiring and help ensure the safety of both the contractor and the building occupants.

The good newsIntegrated communications networks have evolved faster and more vigorously than the predictions of the boldest forecasters.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards addressing electrical hazards, yet hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries still occur as a result of electric shock, electrocution, arc flash and arc blast each year.

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Off-Road Warriors
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A new workplace hazard rides in: Most all terrain vehicle (ATV) use in the United States is recreational; however, ATV use in the workplace is on the rise. Employers often use ATVs to allow employees to move through rough terrain and get access to remote locations more quickly.

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Test Your Knowledge
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Understanding personal protective equipment:

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Understanding Electrical Hazards
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Historically, shock and electrocution have been seen as the primary electrical hazards to people, along with fires of electrical origin, but today, awareness is growing of two other electrical hazards: arc-flash and arc-blast.

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Pain in the Back
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Employers must help protect against workplace back injuries

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OSHA Outlook 2007
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To Protect and Serve:

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Your Donation May Save Your Life
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By July 17, 2006, the multiyear initiative by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) had received an initial $1.25 million in contributions from the industry.

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Scaffold Safety
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Targeting accident prevention: Scaffolds are a common source of accidents in electrical construction; in South Carolina, a 34-year-old electrician fell 12 feet to his death from a mobile scaffold.

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