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. 

During the summer, hot weather increases the risk for heat-related injuries and illnesses. Since 2008, more than 100 workers have been killed on the job as a result of heat stress.

Attorney: “Can you tell us how Mr. Smith died?”
 Witness: “There was an electrical explosion. Something went wrong when he was working on the panel. A big fireball shot out that caught his clothing on fire. It was horrible.”


Nearly 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise every year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 125,000 workers have suffered significant or permanent hearing loss since 2004.

The good newsIntegrated communications networks have evolved faster and more vigorously than the predictions of the boldest forecasters.

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Update - OSHA's Revised Recordkeeping Rule
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Whenever the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a rule, the public is bombarded with information that is either overwhelming or provided in pieces that are out of context.

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Scaffold Safety - What is a Competent Person?
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Electrical workers have distinguished themselves as a highly skilled and professional group. The tasks they are called upon to perform and the level of training required for proficiency demand this recognition.

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Electric Shock while Operating an Electric Clothes Press
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In 1975, I examined an electric clothes press on the premises of a laundry in Maryland that was patronized by the public for general clothes washing, cleaning, and pressing. A customer had been shocked while using the press.

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Managing Noise in Construction
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Noise is a common problem in construction. But until now, it has not received the attention it de-serves. Most electrical contractors might even dismiss this hazard as nonexistent unless they were working in particularly noisy environments.

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Protruding Electrical Equipment Installed on a Walking Surface Is Hazardous
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A worker was injured when he tripped after stepping onto an electrical junction box. This junction box, together with electrical conduits, had been installed on a floor surface adjacent to a newspaper bundle conveyor at the loading ramp of a large daily newspaper publisher.

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Apprentice Lineman Electrocuted while Setting Utility Pole
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An apprentice lineman was electrocuted in New Jersey when the 45-foot-long pole he was grasping adjacent to a substation contacted an overhead transmission line. This event was attributable to an unusual number of departures from normal, safe construction practice.

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Housekeeping, Sanitation Boost Efficiency
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Housekeeping and sanitation are important to job site safety. Disregarding them will jeopardize your employees’ safety and health.

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