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. 

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“What do you mean we need to relabel the electrical equipment? Didn’t we just do this a few years ago?”


We have heard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the industry that, for a safety program to be effective, management must be involved. What does that mean? Do they only fund the program? Does management hire just one person to oversee safety?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50 workers die annually in excavation and trenching accidents. Though most electricians are not directly involved in excavating operations, electrical workers may get involved when completing underground line work.

Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession. 


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Fatal Electrocutions
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The following series of fatalities was studied by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Each involves contact with energized lines or equipment. In every case, NIOSH came to the same conclusion. After reading them, you can compare your thoughts to that conclusion.

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Tool Abuse and Misuse
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The tools electricians use every day pose the risk of injury-ranging from banging a thumb with a hammer to serious accidents with power tools. And when projects require working near live conductors or circuit parts, using the wrong tool or making a simple mistake can have fatal results.

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OSHA Update: What to expect from OSHA in 2005
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Periodically, it is a good idea to take a look at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities and their plans for the future. This is particularly true following a presidential election.

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Concrete-Encased Electrodes, Soldering Connections and More
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Derating of conductors Q: One of my residential wiring jobs was turned down because I did not derate four two-wire-with-ground NM-B cables where they pass through a single hole in an upper wood plate.

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Safety Training: A Review of Compliance and Effectiveness
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The emphasis the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) places on education and training for accident prevention is demonstrated by the number of standards on the topic and the number of citations issued for lack of training.

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Safety in the Workplace-Fire Resistant Clothing
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Hazards exist in every workplace in many different forms: sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise and myriad other potentially dangerous situations.

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Personal Protective Equipment
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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often worn by employees without regard to its purchase, need or use. However, employers are required to know when and why employees must wear PPE and ensure it is used properly.

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