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.
Back injuries continue to plague the industry and prevention concepts must be reviewed from time to time. But before discussing back problems, an update on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) efforts on ergonomics is in order. OHSA has re-established its focus.
In June 1978, at a South Carolina resort, a young woman wearing only a bathing suit was observed in the early evening stepping into an illuminated water fountain. The fountain was circular with a diameter of 16 feet and a maximum depth in the center of about one foot.
Five minutes ago you were sitting on top of the world.You just completed a bid for one of the biggest projects your company has ever had the opportunity to bid on. And, you’re in a field of your own. No one can match your expertise and pricing on this particular project.
In August 1979, late in the morning, lightning struck the antenna and communications center of a police station in central Florida––a high lightning-incidence state. Pieces of communications equipment and telephones were damaged, and several workers in the communications room were injured.
Most employers expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to require them to ensure hand and power tools are in safe working order and that employees know how to use them.
A laborer received major blunt force and lacerating injuries in the early morning of March 29, 1974, when he fell through a hole in the second floor of an unfinished room in a federal building under construction in Washington, D.C.
I have rarely come across a piece of equipment on a job site that mimics the sparkling look of a showroom model. Its use and abuse in the field does more than take away its appearance. Equipment and tools wear and can break down. It is expected.
Regarding safety in fiber optic installations, the first thing that comes to mind is usually eye damage from laser light in the fiber. People imagine a laser burning holes in metal or perhaps burning off warts.
Whenever energized electrical equipment is being examined, serviced, maintained or adjusted in any way, there is always the potential for an electrical explosion to occur, resulting in injury to the electrical worker and damage to the equipment.
About one-half of all electrical injuries and fatalities happen to people engaged in construction activities. (This information is from the Federal Register, “Rules and Regulations.” Vol. 55, No. 151, Monday, August 6, 1990, p 31986.
Recent events require some further precautions to be taken when preparing an estimate. Safety has always been a concern that contractors have had to cover as far as a cost basis, productivity and worker morale.
A typical method of selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) is to use what has always been provided, such as hard hats, safety shoes and glasses, and hearing protection (if in a loud area). For power line work, rubber-insulating gloves can be added to this list.
Electrical contractors are now often required to be familiar with not only the National Electrical Code (NEC), which applies to service installations, and equipment and appliances in occupancies, but also with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) provisions, which apply to electrical supply li
According to the latest figures available from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), an average of one electrician is involved in a vehicle-related accident at work every day. Transportation-related incidents are the third-leading cause of fatalities in the industry.
Most electrical contracting firms are involved in installing life safety systems for new building construction and the renovation and expansion of existing buildings, but not in the ongoing system inspection, testing, maintenance, and upgrade.