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. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50 workers die annually in excavation and trenching accidents. Though most electricians are not directly involved in excavating operations, electrical workers may get involved when completing underground line work.

Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession. 


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“What do you mean we need to relabel the electrical equipment? Didn’t we just do this a few years ago?”


The leading cause of residential fires in the United States each year—and the second leading cause of nonresidential fires—is electrical failure and malfunction.

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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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Vehicle Safety--Inside and Outside
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According to the latest figures available from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), an average of one electrician is involved in a vehicle-related accident at work every day. Transportation-related incidents are the third-leading cause of fatalities in the industry.

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Preventing Electrocution while Testing a Microwave Oven
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While testing a household microwave oven near the end of a manufacturing and testing line, a worker received a fatal high-voltage (HV) shock.

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Preventing Electric Shock in an Unguarded Residential Substation
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In February 1980, a 12-year-old boy climbed past a vent through a duct leading into an indoor transformer vault, which was installed in an apartment house basement in Ontario, Canada.

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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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