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. 

In 2013, there were 796 on-the-job fatalities in the construction industry, 294 of which were caused by falls. Additionally, improper fall protection is one of the most cited violations on job sites by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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.

Orientations, safety talks, task training, job briefings and safety meetings each require an interaction between the company and the employee.

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Work Zone Safety
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Five minutes ago you were sitting on top of the world.You just completed a bid for one of the biggest projects your company has ever had the opportunity to bid on. And, you’re in a field of your own. No one can match your expertise and pricing on this particular project.

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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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