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 dog days of summer are upon us. It is vacation season, and employees are likely to spend more time outdoors on home-improvement projects and other leisure activities. With so much emphasis on job safety, it’s easy to forget that most injuries and illnesses actually happen away from work.

I’ve heard it all before. “What were they thinking when they wrote this standard? If I were them, this is how I would have done it.” When it comes to arc flash and electrical safety standards, complaints, armchair quarterbacking and second-guessing follow as soon as the latest edition comes out.

Powered industrial trucks cause approximately 100 fatalities and more than 35,000 serious injuries every year. It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of all accidents involving this type of equipment can be attributed to lack of training.

Conducting preventative maintenance on a car is much more effective and less costly than making repairs after it breaks down. The same goes for occupational safety. Unfortunately, for many years, employers have used lagging indicators as their safety strategy.

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From March 29-31, The American Nuclear Society held its student conference at Oregon State University (OSU), in Corvallis, Ore., which is noted for its nuclear engineering program.

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The Enforcers
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The Partners
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To better protect workers, OSHA forms partnerships

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What Goes Up . . .
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Take aerial lift safety measures seriously

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Alarming Statistics
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Reducing common injuries and maintaining safety practices According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH), exposure to electricity is still a major cause of death among construction workers.

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ESFI Designates May Electrical Safety Month
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May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means it’s time to check your year-round electrical safety awareness efforts, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

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Statistics Show Rise in Nail Gun Injuries
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According to new statisticscollected by researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the number of injuries from nail guns has almost doubled since 2001.

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