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. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 5 million U.S. workers are required to wear respirators. For linemen and wiremen, respirators protect against environments with insufficient oxygen levels, harmful airborne dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays.

An arc-flash study should not be thought of simply as an item that needs to be checked off the list. However, many people still view it this way.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million U.S. workers enter confined spaces every year. Unfortunately, nearly 100 workers are killed, and more than 5,000 other accidents occur annually in such environments. 


As a contractor, you bid on numerous fire alarm system projects based on plans and specifications developed by an engineer. You assume the engineer has discussed such things as quality and reliability with the owner because the specifications focus on those issues.

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Faulty Lightning-Damage Protection
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In August 1979, late in the morning, lightning struck the antenna and communications center of a police station in central Florida––a high lightning-incidence state. Pieces of communications equipment and telephones were damaged, and several workers in the communications room were injured.

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Tool Safety and Liability
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Most employers expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to require them to ensure hand and power tools are in safe working order and that employees know how to use them.

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Poor Illumination Results in Major Injuries
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A laborer received major blunt force and lacerating injuries in the early morning of March 29, 1974, when he fell through a hole in the second floor of an unfinished room in a federal building under construction in Washington, D.C.

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Uninsulated Service Drop Splice Causes Shock
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In 1993, a homeowner in Pennsylvania was standing on a ladder preparing to paint the fascia of his house just below the roof.

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Safety Serves as Sales Tool
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Recent events require some further precautions to be taken when preparing an estimate. Safety has always been a concern that contractors have had to cover as far as a cost basis, productivity and worker morale.

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Selecting Hazard-appropriate PPE
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A typical method of selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) is to use what has always been provided, such as hard hats, safety shoes and glasses, and hearing protection (if in a loud area). For power line work, rubber-insulating gloves can be added to this list.

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Electrical Shock on a Logging Truck
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Electrical contractors are now often required to be familiar with not only the National Electrical Code (NEC), which applies to service installations, and equipment and appliances in occupancies, but also with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) provisions, which apply to electrical supply li

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