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?”


We have heard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the industry that, for a safety program to be effective, management must be involved. What does that mean? Do they only fund the program? Does management hire just one person to oversee safety?

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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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