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. 

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.

Conducting preventative maintenance on a car is much more effective and less costly than making repairs after it breaks down. The same goes for occupational safety. Unfortunately, for many years, employers have used lagging indicators as their safety strategy.

This article expands on “Control the Risk” (ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, March 2015). It addresses six key areas in the risk-control hierarchy and how each can be used to reduce the risk associated with the arc flash hazard.

More than a century ago, two giants in the fledgling electrical power industry battled it out for supremacy. The conflict, sometimes referred to as “The War of the Currents,” would define whether electric power systems would use alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC).

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Hazards of the Fall
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The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that, in 2001, 27 people involved in electrical construction were killed by falls while performing their jobs. This places falls as the second leading cause of fatalities in our industry.

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Hazard Communication
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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard came out in the 1980s with a bang. Initially, few businesses were able to avoid a citation for noncompliance to its chemical safety provisions.

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A Fatal Lesson
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Electrocution is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in the electrical construction industry. On the surface, this may seem natural. The focus of the work involves electricity. But consider this: electricians are supposed to be highly skilled at handling dangerous electrical energy.

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Toolbox Talks
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Most Electrical contractors use ToolBox Talks as a component of their company safety program. Many clients and general contractors require some type of safety meeting be conducted on a weekly basis. The Toolbox Talk is frequently used to meet these requirements.

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Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
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Help employees before it hurts your business Discussion of drug and alcohol policy can yield a number of responses. For the non-drinker or someone who has lost a loved one due to another’s abuse, the topic commands respect.

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Target: Government Assets
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While international terrorists plan their next attacks on government assets, the government is quickly and decisively ramping up its defenses in this post-9/11 society. You cannot even mention “government projects” without at least alluding to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 or homeland security.

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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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