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. 

For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division.

Falling objects such as tools, people and other materials are major work site hazards throughout the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates this hazard causes more than 50,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year.

When All Electric Services Inc., 
Carbondale, Ill., won the electrical installation for a water park in its hometown, the company made safety the project’s focus.

Thunderstorms


Every year, preventable, weather-related injuries and deaths occur both on and off the job. With the summer storm season in full swing, employers and employees must educate themselves about the dangers associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

More on Safety

 
Soles4Souls Accepting Gently Worn Safety Footwear
by Staff |

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
by Staff |

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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Get the Dirt on Safe Digging

It is expected that in 2008, there will have been approximately 680,000 incidents that damage underground utilities. That averages to more than one accidental utility hit every minute.


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Choosing the Right DVR

A pharmacist friend called about a couple of after-hours attempts to break into his establishment. In both incidents, the perpetrators were frightened off by the intrusion alarm system.


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Look Out Below

OSHA’s "6-foot rule" for fall protection is pretty straightforward. It states that if any employee is in a situation where they may lose balance and fall to a lower level or simply fall 6 feet or more, fall protection must be provided and used.


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OSHA: Reduced Injury and Illness Rates for 2007
by Staff |

The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Nov. 20, 2008, that the rate and number of occupational injuries and illnesses decreased from 2006 to 2007.


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Portable Hazards

Portable generators supply electricity where none is available. They commonly are used following natural disasters and at construction sites. Portable generators produce electricity with an internal combustion engine that is run on a fuel source, usually gasoline, diesel, kerosene or propane.


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