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. 

When All Electric Services Inc., 
Carbondale, Ill., won the electrical installation for a water park in its hometown, the company made safety the project’s focus.

Falling objects such as tools, people and other materials are major work site hazards throughout the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates this hazard causes more than 50,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year.

Thunderstorms


Every year, preventable, weather-related injuries and deaths occur both on and off the job. With the summer storm season in full swing, employers and employees must educate themselves about the dangers associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Arc flash boundary


This is the fourth article in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc-flash hazard calculations. The first three parts appeared in the January, March and May 2016 issues of Electrical Contractor and can be found at www.ecmag.com.
 Arc flash boundary


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Alarming Statistics

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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OSHA Makes Regulatory Flexibility Act Review Available
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made available the “look-back” study for OSHA’s construction standard on excavations.


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Training in Infectious Hazards a Plus for Healthcare Contractors

Electrical contractors have more at stake when working in healthcare than just doing quality electrical and low-voltage work. More than 2 million patients a year in U.S. hospitals acquire infections while they are hospitalized for other health problems, and 88,000 die as a result.


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OSHA Publishes Final Subpart S Revision
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The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule of its Subpart S revisions on Feb 14, 2007; it revises OSHA’s standard for existing electrical installations, which is contained in 1910.302 through 1910.308 of Subpart S with relevant definitions in 1910.399.


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Know How to Save a Life

Note changes to OSHA’s CPR/AED protocol: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) requirement for first-aid/CPR responders on-site has not changed; when performing electrical work, it is a recognized fact they are needed.


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