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. 

Contact with electrical current is one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and fatalities. Due to the nature of their jobs, wire and line workers carry an exponential risk for being involved in these types of incidents.

The dog days of summer are upon us. It is vacation season, and employees are likely to spend more time outdoors on home-improvement projects and other leisure activities. With so much emphasis on job safety, it’s easy to forget that most injuries and illnesses actually happen away from work.

I’ve heard it all before. “What were they thinking when they wrote this standard? If I were them, this is how I would have done it.” When it comes to arc flash and electrical safety standards, complaints, armchair quarterbacking and second-guessing follow as soon as the latest edition comes out.

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.

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Subterranean Trouble
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Earlier this year, routine activities came to an abrupt halt at San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) College when a construction crew excavating with a backhoe struck a power cable, causing a small explosion that knocked out a campus transformer.

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The Underappreciated Lifesaver
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Fire extinguishers are effective and simple Within 30 seconds a small flame can get totally out of control, causing a major fire. Dangerously high levels of black smoke usually fill a structure in minutes. In many cases, the fire will result in injury or death.

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Solid Conductors, Nonlinear Loads, Hazardous Locations and More
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Article 100 Definitions Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 300 Wiring Methods Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 450 Transformers and Transformer Vaults Article 500 Hazar

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Production, Comfort and Ergonomics
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‘The right tool for the job’ is more than just a cliche The war rages on about ergonomics. The available science, costs and responsibility for musculoskeletal injuries seems to be the focus.

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A Roller Coaster of Code Requirements
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Regulations for public places and amusement parks Attempting to design a fire alarm system for an amusement park can be as daunting to some as riding a roller coaster.

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Precursors to a Fall
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Slips, trips and stumbles can lead to serious injury Falls may not sound like a serious topic, but they cost billions each year. They account for 15 percent of workplace injuries and one-third of construction fatalities.

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Eye and Face Protection
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Safety should be the best motivator It’s hard to resist telling morbid stories of occupational accidents to motivate individuals to take safety precautions. However, the ease with which foreign objects can enter the eyes should speak for itself.

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