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. 

Hand injuries account for roughly one-third of all occupational injuries, one-quarter of all lost time at work and one-fifth of all disability claims.

In this month’s column, I talk with Brett Brenner, president, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), about the foundation’s mission, the services it offers, the dangers of counterfeit electrical products and more.
 What is the ESFI and its membership about?

Requirements for arc flash labels are addressed in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC).

The U.S. DepartmentS of Labor and Health and Human Services estimate that more than half of all employers offer their employees some form of wellness program. Statistics also indicate most organizations that don’t have a program in place plan to add one in the future.

More on Safety

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


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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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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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Unions File Lawsuit over Personal Protective Equipment Rule

The AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers sued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Jan. 3, 2007, over OSHA’s failure to complete a rulemaking that would require employers to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE).


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Safety Violation Top 10
by Staff |

The Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) cited the following safety standards most frequently during 2006; for comparison, the number of 2005 violations also follow.


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