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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It took just minutes for the 2003 nightmare at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., to reach its climax. The blaze was Rhode Island's most devastating fire in decades and the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.

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Convention Center Leads Downtown Boston Gentrification
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When Mass Electric Construction Co. (MEC) signed on to do a comprehensive electrical package at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), they became a part of the city's history.

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Protecting Financial Centers
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An OSHA Compliance Comparison
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The safety record of contractors often comes under scrutiny. General contractors and host employers review the programs, workers' comp records and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations of the subcontractors they hire.

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What Is an Electrical Safety Program?
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NFPA 70E offers standards for a complete safety program The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) enforcement emphasis on the use of proper electrical safety practices based on the National Fire Protection Association 70E standard has brought more attention to its requirements.

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Temp Trends
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The electrical contractor's job on a typical construction project goes beyond the scope of traditional electrical installations. It's a two-part responsibility that includes the construction or renovation of electrical systems for the structure.

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Weatherproofing Workers
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Protect them from temperature extremes More than 700 people die of hypothermia each year in the United States and more than 300 die from heat-related illnesses. The numbers are highest in December to January and July.

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