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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 each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Life is full of surprises, and so is the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. After years of requiring specific information on arc flash equipment labels, as listed in 130.5(H1) through (H3), the 2018 edition has introduced Exception No.

This December 1 is the deadline set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that requires medium to large contractors in certain industries, to provide injury, illness, and incident information using the new Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

Major storms this hurricane season wreaked havoc on the southeastern United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These storms created weather hazards as well as dangerous conditions for power utilities and restoration efforts.

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Where the Fire Things Are

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Looking Through a Lens Differently

For years, video analytics have been applied in airports using profiles of specific behavior. Today, as retailers upgrade their technology to protect assets and customer data, integration between security and marketing is creating a new demand for low-voltage systems.


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Take a Powder: PATs
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Powder-actuated tools (PATs) are common at virtually every job site. A PAT is a nail gun used to join hard materials, such as steel, masonry and concrete.


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The Big Bang: Arc Flash Hazards

When a bomb goes off, the further you are from the explosion, the safer you will be. This same concept applies to arc flash hazards.


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Smoke Detectors

We have all had experience with smoke detectors. Specifying the right smoke detector for the application will improve the reliability of fire alarm systems tremendously. Of course, the detector must be installed correctly to prevent problems.


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National Construction Fatality Rate Declines, Safety Incidents Down
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Since 1998, the national construction fatality rate declined 47 percent, and the number of recordable safety incidents dropped 38 percent since the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as “collaborative safety,” according to an analysis of federal safety data released by


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Training and Safety

These two topics—training and safety—are appropriate to cover together; properly trained installers will be safe workers, and safe workers are more likely to do careful, good work.


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