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.
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.
Residential opportunities abound for ECs According to the most recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) analysis, almost 75 percent of all reported structure fires occurred in homes. In a 1997 survey performed for the NFPA, 53 percent of U.S. residents feel safest from fire at home.
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.
Let’s face it: most companies don’t look at safety as an ongoing operation. They purchase a manual and place it on the shelf to collect dust. Or a company may take a step forward and enter data in a software program like the NECA Safety Expert System. Unfortunately, that is not enough.
A presentation at the PQ World 2002 Conference in October re-enforced the need to continue to make the electrical workplace a safer place to work in. While it would be ideal, it’s not always possible to de-energize electrical systems before working on them.
In the many articles I have written about safety and health, I have unthinkingly referred to a number of documents, such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interpretations, etc.
Worker fatalities exceed 10,000 per year and work-related disabling injuries amount to 1.8 million. Direct and indirect costs associated with these accidents exceed $47 billion. Given these figures, it’s clear to see why first aid is an important part of any safety program.