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. 

In October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health programs, bringing the original guidelines from 1989 into the 21st century.

Every day, More than 2,000 people incur job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is estimated that proper eye and face protection can prevent 90 percent of these injuries.

This article is the fifth and final part in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. The previous parts appeared in the January, March, May and July 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL ­CONTRACTOR and are on

For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division.

More on Safety

Safety Records as Bidding Tools

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.

Personal Protective Equipment

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.

Getting Grounded

Mike and Jennifer Striegel had hardly started their Memorial Day trip last year when lightning ripped through their Oklahoma home.

Stopping a Fall

Using a personal fall arrest system is no different than using any other personal protective equipment. In the hierarchy of protection, it is the last resort. The first step should be to remove fall hazards through engineering controls, such as guardrails.

Exits, Emergency Lighting, Safety Switches and More

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Cables Are Not Created Equal

Fire case histories make an argument for requiring survivability of all fire alarm system circuits. A fire occurred in the London Apartments for the elderly in Delaware, Ohio, on March 12, 1994. Manual fire alarm boxes and corridor smoke detectors were connected to the building’s fire alarm system.

Climbing the Ladder

Each year, thousands of workers are injured while working on ladders. Falls from ladders result in cuts, bruises, broken bones, and in some cases, lost lives. The three most common causes are ladders in poor condition, improper selection and improper use.