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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. 

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

At the close of NECA 2017, attendees were treated to the amazing story of Ben Saunders, polar explorer.

One of the recurring themes of my writing has been the continuing decline in the quality of electrical bid documents. Let’s put it this way: the bidding documents, plans and specifications have become a black hole, sucking up estimating hours like never before.

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Douglas J. Pileggi, vice president of sales at Leviton Manufacturing in New York, passed away on Sept. 7 in Winfield, Ill., at the age of 67.

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Sensor Revolution: IoT and Data Value Are Boosting the Latest Technology


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Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.
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From May 8 to May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down, a program started in 2013 to “raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries,” according to the OSHA website.


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