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. 

A significant number of pages in the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E are devoted to 17 informative annexes. Although technically not part of the mandatory text, these pages can be an important source of additional information and guidance. 


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes more than 3,000 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries each year. Automobile accidents also account for more work-related fatalities than any other cause.

Every year, dozens of people are killed and many more are injured in accidents involving aerial lifts, including cranes, digger derricks, scissor lifts, and boom-­supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers.

Prescription opioid abuse has been a major health problem in the United States for the last 25 years and is now in the news almost daily.

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STOP Electrical Accidents

It is easy to forget just how dangerous electicity can be. Given the correct conditions, it can kill. Or it can deliver a painful shock, damage sensitive equipment and ignite combustible materials. The National Safety Council estimates 600 people die every year of electrical causes.


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ESFI Awarded Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has been selected as one of 149 organizations that will receive one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awards for the fiscal year 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S).


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Read the Label

Read the label? Use as directed? It sounds like I’m reading a prescription bottle. However, the warning label produced from an arc flash calculation study contains more than just the words “Warning!


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Pardon Me?

In order for any emergency communications system (ECS) to communicate information properly, it must reproduce the desired messages in a way that the intended listeners will both hear and understand.


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Higher Ground

Spring 2008 delivered the perfect storm to Iowa. A Memorial Day EF5 tornado leveled most of two towns in the north central part of the state, taking nine lives. Another twister ripped through a Boy Scout camp near the Nebraska border, killing four.


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For the Good of All

A recent decision by the eighth circuit court of appeals has been touted as having a major effect on construction safety.


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Say What?

Hearing protection on a job site seems simple. Provide employees with hearing protection devices (HPDs). Unfortunately, this approach may be too simple.


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