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. 

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.

After years of success in improving lineworker safety, the electrical industry’s work isn’t finished yet. In the past decade, the job of lineworkers—still considered the industry’s riskiest work—has become dramatically safer.

How many times has an owner or a customer asked your company to work on energized equipment? How many times has an electrician chosen to not turn off a circuit because it was inconvenient?

The primary focus of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is safety, and it offers specific requirements for how to install wiring and help ensure the safety of both the contractor and the building occupants.

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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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Lightning Strike Leads to Residential Fire
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Fire damaged a three-story, single-family frame residence in New Jersey in 1985. Certain physical and circumstantial evidence suggested the possibility that lightning may have caused the fire.

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OSHA Compliance Outside the Box:Variances, Exceptions, and Interpretations
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Does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognize fall restraint as an alternative to fall protection? Can an employee be exempt from wearing a hard hat? Believe it or not, OSHA has provided a positive response to these requests as well as many others.

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