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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

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Since 1994, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (www.esfi.org) has promoted electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.

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OSHA Safety Standards For Power Line Work Get Much-Needed Upgrade
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As technology and work practices continually evolve, standards can fall behind. This asynchrony doesn’t have to be disastrous all the time, but if left unchecked, it can eventually invite problems.


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More Utilities Using Helicopters To Inspect Lines

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To improve reliability of electric transmission lines, more utilities are taking to the sky with helicopter patrols to conduct low altitude inspections.


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Safety Gets A Workout At NECA Show 2014

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Safety gets the spotlight this month, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten the rest of the year. A topic as important as safety commands continuous attention.


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In this age of sustainable energy, no stone is left unturned as every conceivable source of power is explored. Even the nuclear industry, a pariah of sorts to many clean-power proponents, has been exploring alternative fuels.


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2013 Power Outages Affected 14 Million People

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Power management company Eaton recently released its 2013 Blackout Tracker Annual Report. For the fifth year, California topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan.

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