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. 

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.

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. 


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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Preventative Medicine

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75 percent of an employer’s healthcare costs and productivity losses can be attributed to employees’ lifestyles. This has led to a trend in corporate America to focus on health and wellness.


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Understanding the Unseen

The work electrical contractors do every day poses some obvious, inherent safety risks. After all, few jobs are riskier than those involving live electrical wires. However, electrical contractors also face a number of hidden hazards that, over time, could be every bit as deadly as arcing current.


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The Electrical Big Ten

Many statistics are recorded and collected in the construction field— injury, illness, fatality and most frequently cited violations, to name a few.


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Safe at Home

Perhaps one of the most traumatic things that can happen to a construction company is a job site fatality. It affects many aspects of the company, from finances to employee morale.


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Change Is in the Air

During the 2008 presidential election, we heard a lot about the need for change. Over the last few months, we all experienced change of a different nature, a kind none of us wanted. Our faith in those who ran or are running large financial and industrial institutions has dropped to new lows.


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The Visual Inspection

The calls vary, but all have a similar theme: “My fire alarm system needs work. Can you help?” Of course, the answer is always yes. But professional contractors know they must make a thorough investigation of the installed system before determining the scope of the work.


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A Life Is On the Line

Electrical safety is as much an individual responsibility as it is an organizational responsibility. Employers (contractors) are required to provide a safe workplace for workers, and qualified workers must know how to recognize and avoid electrical hazards to keep them safe.


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