As President of Miller Electric Co., my goal has always been to inspire our safety division so I would never have to tell an employee’s family their loved one had been injured or worse. We all know, when there’s an accident, there is a mother, a father, a wife, son or daughter, or some dear person for whom we must answer the question, “Why did this happen?”
I bring this to your attention because May is National Electrical Safety Month, which raises awareness of the safety issues that touch our industry. Statistics clearly show that, when we promote and execute safety measures, it translates into saving lives and creating success for our companies. We know our men and women face risks on job sites every day. Therefore, as contractors, we must use every resource available to provide training.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) offers publications, software and training courses to encourage the development of corporate safety programs designed to help maintain safe job sites while staying in compliance with federal regulations. In fact, NECA’s premier safety event for 2018 is the NECA Safety Professionals Conference, held May 21–23 in Louisville, Ky.
As I travel around the country, I am concerned about troubling electrical safety research indicating one-third of U.S. states are skipping one or more of the updates of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This means many of our homes, schools and businesses are not taking advantage of the advances in safety each of the NEC updates offers, and this delay stalls our fight against electrical fires and injuries. For more on this, read this article by William Atkinson.
My final thought and word to you: Take advantage of all of the safety resources NECA offers so you never have to answer the question, “Why did this happen?”