Back disorders cost electrical contractors millions of dollars each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that more than 1 million workers suffer back disorders annually. They account for 20 percent of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Thousands of accidents occur in the electrical construction industry each year. Accidents are defined as “an unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage.” Their severity ranges from minor injury and minimal property damage to million-dollar losses and fatalities.
On March 25, 1911, 146 workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. The impact of this industrial disaster resulted in fire-prevention legislation, factory inspections and better working conditions for all workers. Eighty years later, on Sept.
A couple of months ago we dealt with lightning and the fast transients that can be coupled onto the electrical distribution system of the utility or within a facility, and the use of TVSS (transient voltage surge suppressors) to minimize the potential damage from such.
Safety violations on a construction site or multi-employer work site often present a dilemma regarding responsibility. Who pays? When it comes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the answer is everyone.
Though lightning season may be over by now, it is worth reviewing the impact storms can have on the operation of a facility. Some may have experienced significant damage to equipment from the high frequency transient energy of lightning strikes.
The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that, in 2001, 27 people involved in electrical construction were killed by falls while performing their jobs. This places falls as the second leading cause of fatalities in our industry.
Electrocution is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in the electrical construction industry. On the surface, this may seem natural. The focus of the work involves electricity. But consider this: electricians are supposed to be highly skilled at handling dangerous electrical energy.
Most Electrical contractors use ToolBox Talks as a component of their company safety program. Many clients and general contractors require some type of safety meeting be conducted on a weekly basis. The Toolbox Talk is frequently used to meet these requirements.
Help employees before it hurts your business Discussion of drug and alcohol policy can yield a number of responses. For the non-drinker or someone who has lost a loved one due to another’s abuse, the topic commands respect.
While international terrorists plan their next attacks on government assets, the government is quickly and decisively ramping up its defenses in this post-9/11 society. You cannot even mention “government projects” without at least alluding to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 or homeland security.
This year, the well-dressed electrical contractor is turning away from shoes by Armani and hats by Yves St. Laurent. Sharp dressers sport hiking-style work boots, more comfortable dielectric footwear, colorful work gloves and NFPA 70E-compliant headgear.
Although the chance of being visited by an OSHA inspector is about one in 15, (based on 1999 Census estimates of firms with more than 10 employees) it may be time to invest in learning your OHSA ABCs and XYZs.
The humble ladder tops the list of injury agents Ladder safety seems like an odd topic for an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR article. One would think there are more serious issues to be addressed. Most of us have been using ladders from the time we could climb.