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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. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.

At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

For several years, I have been seeing a new hole in the theoretically 100-percent-complete electrical drawings we are provided for bidding. Within the last year, the problem has gotten bigger, driven by increasingly strict energy-usage requirements.

Happy New Year from your new ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR editors! Surprised? You have that look on your face. It’s OK. We were, too.

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Fire Protection for Healthcare Facilities

Protecting healthcare facilities is unique for many reasons, including the fact that not all occupants are ambulatory. Therefore, staff training and a defend-in-place strategy—rather than evacuation—are vital parts of the fire protection plan.

Finding Your Way in the Submetering World

Submeters are installed after the main utility meter to gain additional information regarding energy usage inside a facility, according to Don Millstein, president of Langhorne, Pa.-based E-Mon Corp. Estimates for the submetering market are primarily based on existing facilities, although U.S.

Ohio Contractors Provide a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas is now a fact of life. We may not like it, but as roads become more crowded with automobiles and trucks, we are spending more time listening to books on tape.

Insurance and the Estimate

A costly item you cannot avoid In a past column, I pointed out the standard procedures and precautions regarding insurance expenses that will affect a final bid price.

The Law of Unconscionability

Defining the gray areas At its heart, unconscionability is equivalent to unscrupulous conduct, but this area of the law is generally uncharted waters. Can we come up with a helpful definition? In one case, a contractor garnered huge profits on a government job.

Blinking Light

A different kind of poison Every time I see the lights on a Christmas tree blinking on and off, I am reminded of the old adage, “One person’s medicine is another person’s poison.” Flickering lights in an office, factory or residential home can be more than an annoyance.

Layered Hospital Security Has Room to Grow

Hospital security is a multilayered issue with hospitals of varying sizes struggling with how to keep the facility safe from intruders, both human and bacterial, without hindering accessibility. Making hospitals both safe and accessible generally requires technology.