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. 

Nearly 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise every year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 125,000 workers have suffered significant or permanent hearing loss since 2004.

Fatal Four


You are probably thinking this is yet another lecture about electrical safety. While focusing each May on safety is important, we should care about it every day. Unfortunately, preventable injuries and fatalities often occur when people fail to practice electrical safety.


After years of success in improving lineworker safety, the electrical industry’s work isn’t finished yet. In the past decade, the job of lineworkers—still considered the industry’s riskiest work—has become dramatically safer.

How many times has an owner or a customer asked your company to work on energized equipment? How many times has an electrician chosen to not turn off a circuit because it was inconvenient?

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No safety issue has ever generated more controversy than ergonomics. The list of activists on both sides seems without end. The same is true of the actions taken by these parties.

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Jobsite Safety Training
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Although the chance of being visited by an OSHA inspector is about one in 15, (based on 1999 Census estimates of firms with more than 10 employees) it may be time to invest in learning your OHSA ABCs and XYZs.

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Good Management Includes Good Safety
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No strategic business plan is complete without health and safety management Violating OSHA safety regulations can be costly to your firm.

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The Ladder: Too Familiar to be Safe
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The humble ladder tops the list of injury agents Ladder safety seems like an odd topic for an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR article. One would think there are more serious issues to be addressed. Most of us have been using ladders from the time we could climb.

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Maintaining Your Safety Program
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Let’s face it: most companies don’t look at safety as an ongoing operation. They purchase a manual and place it on the shelf to collect dust. Or a company may take a step forward and enter data in a software program like the NECA Safety Expert System. Unfortunately, that is not enough.

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First Aid: A Priority On The Job Site - Electrical Shock An Ever-Present Threat
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Worker fatalities exceed 10,000 per year and work-related disabling injuries amount to 1.8 million. Direct and indirect costs associated with these accidents exceed $47 billion. Given these figures, it’s clear to see why first aid is an important part of any safety program.

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Lightning Protection--Then and Now
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Lightning has caused man to marvel since the beginning of time. One can almost visualize the fear and awe that lightning elicited in primitive man.

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