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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. 

Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.

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.

Tesla aims to put an EV in every driveway, a Powerwall and EV charger in every garage, and solar tiles on every roof.

Tesla has made a name for itself in the world of electric vehicles (EVs) and green energy.

Quality electrical contractors understand true success requires a combination of essential elements. That must include safety. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some of them, sadly, are in the construction industry.

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a division at Argonne National Laboratory that works closely with the U.S.

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