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. 

Powered industrial trucks cause approximately 100 fatalities and more than 35,000 serious injuries every year. It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of all accidents involving this type of equipment can be attributed to lack of training.

Recently, a fire occurred in an 11-story apartment that primarily housed elderly people, although it was not labeled as a senior living building. Six people died and multiple people were injured as a result of the fire.

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That famous song lyric can be appropriately applied to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E. What is gone? Zero is no longer one of the hazard/risk categories (HRCs).

Conducting preventative maintenance on a car is much more effective and less costly than making repairs after it breaks down. The same goes for occupational safety. Unfortunately, for many years, employers have used lagging indicators as their safety strategy.

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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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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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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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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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Safety Records as Bidding Tools
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Safety professionals always preach the value of an effective accident-prevention program. It saves lives, lowers accident costs and prevents fines for noncompliance with safety regulations.

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