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. 

Asbestos is a well-known hazard because of attorney solicitations for clients exposed to it, public media messages and the material’s widespread use.

According to Wes Wheeler, director of safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), a number of issues are currently up in the air under the Trump administration, specifically some federal safety regulations that can affect electrical contractors.

Something has shifted in safety attitudes and practices. It’s more than meeting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other safety mandates. Today, safety equates to good business, influencing employee morale, business growth and attracting new workers.


Healthy buildings may be the breath of fresh air in the world of sustainable design. Green building proponents and practitioners increasingly promote healthy building outcomes. New certification programs, such as the WELL Building Standard, up the ante.

More on Safety

 
Necessary Chemistry

A material safety data sheet (MSDS)—a component of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication standard—provides workers and emergency responders with safe procedures for handling or working with a particular substance.


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Safety Patrol

Last month, we considered identification, analysis and elimination or mitigation of unsafe job site conditions. However, safety for any construction worker should become a habit.


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Sun Protection

When consturction industry insiders are asked to give examples of personal protective equipment (PPE), the list usually includes a hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection, gloves and steel-toed shoes or boots.


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Taking the First Step

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the No. 1 killer in the construction industry and the second leading killer in private industry. In contrast to this well-known statistic, employers have always had the responsibility for solving fall hazards at their job sites.


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OSHA to Hold Public Hearing on Confined Spaces Rule
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in the April 21, 2008, Federal Register that it would hold an informal public hearing to receive testimony and documentary evidence on the proposed rule for Confined Spaces in Construction. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m.


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Plug It Up

Tamper-resistant receptacles will significantly reduce the number of injuries that result when someone inserts a foreign object into receptacles within a residential occupancy.


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Creating a Drug-Testing Policy

Illicit drugs and alcohol are leading contributors to injuries and deaths on job sites, and the electrical construction industry is encouraging drug testing to head off this dangerous trend. The highest rates of drug use are found in the construction trades.


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