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Block the Shock

Contact with electrical current is one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and fatalities. Due to the nature of their jobs, wire and line workers carry an exponential risk for being involved in these types of incidents.
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Dangerous Ground

An arc-flash study should not be thought of simply as an item that needs to be checked off the list. However, many people still view it this way. It is not unusual to hear, "I don't completely understand what an arc-flash study is, but I need one," or "Can't you just provide us with a typical study?"
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Feet on the Ground

Electrocutions are consistently one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and are a daily hazard for electricians and linemen. As such, various forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) can be worn to prevent direct contact with live wires or energized equipment. This type of PPE ranges from protective gloves to cover-ups to nonconductive sleeves. It also includes protective footwear.
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Follow the Directions

Even the most basic projects can turn deadly when hazards are not assessed and safety rules are not followed (regardless of the worker's experience). While installing lights in the overhanging roof soffit of an urban transportation terminal, a 36-year-old electrician was killed when the scissor lift he was on toppled over.
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Have some Pride

The primary focus of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is safety, and it offers specific requirements for how to install wiring and help ensure the safety of both the contractor and the building occupants.
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How Engaged Is Your Management with Safety

We have heard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the industry that, for a safety program to be effective, management must be involved. What does that mean?
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I Feel So Confined

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million U.S. workers enter confined spaces every year. Unfortunately, nearly 100 workers are killed, and more than 5,000 other accidents occur annually in such environments.
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Label Enabled

"What do you mean we need to relabel the electrical equipment? Didn't we just do this a few years ago?"
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Loud Noises Hearing conservation and protection

On a daily basis, we hear sounds and noise in our environment from a variety of sources, such as television, radio, household appliances and traffic. However, these everyday sounds are usually at a safe volume.
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NFPA 70E Review

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards addressing electrical hazards, yet hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries still occur as a result of electric shock, electrocution, arc flash and arc blast each year.
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Orientations Task Training and Safety Meetings

Orientations, safety talks, task training, job briefings and safety meetings each require an interaction between the company and the employee. 
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Pearls of Culture Unsafe Behavior

You are probably thinking this is yet another lecture about electrical safety. While focusing each May on safety is important, we should care about it every day. Unfortunately, preventable injuries and fatalities often occur when people fail to practice electrical safety.
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Raise Your Right Hand

Attorney: "Can you tell us how Mr. Smith died?"

Witness: "There was an electrical explosion. Something went wrong when he was working on the panel. A big fireball shot out that caught his clothing on fire. It was horrible."
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Safe Driving Practices

Integrated communications networks have evolved faster and more vigorously than the predictions of the boldest forecasters.
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Stay Ahead Of The Spark

The leading cause of residential fires in the United States each year - and the second leading cause of nonresidential fires - is electrical failure and malfunction. 
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The Challenges Ahead OSHA Outlook

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is gearing up for some aggressive policy goals in the coming year. Its regulatory agenda furthers progress on a series of existing initiatives and some new areas of focus. 
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The First Step Is A Doozy

In 2013, there were 796 on-the-job fatalities in the construction industry, 294 of which were caused by falls. Additionally, improper fall protection is one of the most cited violations on job sites by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 
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Turn It Off

How many times has an owner or a customer asked your company to work on energized equipment? How many times has an electrician chosen to not turn off a circuit because it was inconvenient? 
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You Lift Me UP

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 25 people are killed and many others are injured each year in accidents involving aerial lifts. This includes scissor lifts and boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers.
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Practial Solution Guide to Arc Flash Hazards

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Think you know the NFPA 70E Standard?

Lives depend on you - make sure your Electrical Safety Program meets the latest NFPA 70E standard updated for 2015.

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Practial Solution Guide to Arc Flash Hazards

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Think you know the NFPA 70E Standard?

Lives depend on you - make sure your Electrical Safety Program meets the latest NFPA 70E standard updated for 2015.

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7 Ways to Prevent Heat-Related Injuries

Although July historically tends to be the hottest month of the year in the United States, August - and sometimes even September - often comes a close second.

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Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Electricity

Think you're up on all things electric? Well, you might just be wrong. We atEC&M have dug up a few interesting facts that might just surprise and enlighten you. Hope you enjoy!

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EC&M's Electrical Trivia Challenge 5

Are you smarter than the average bear when it comes to all things electrical? Show off your brain power by taking the fifth quiz in EC&M's Electrical Trivia Challenges.

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NEMA Publishes Standards, White Papers and an Information Guide

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has published updates on failure modes for self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps; transformers, regulators and reactors; and three new standards.

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How to Reduce Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

Since it was enacted, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) has required, in part, that employers provide a workplace free from recognized hazards.

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Law Lets California's Contractors State License Board Enforce Electrician Certification

Starting July 1, 2009, California's Contractors State License Board (CSLB) began enforcing a new law that requires all electricians who are employed by an electrical contractor with a Class C-10 license to be certified by the state.

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A Safer Workplace Is Everybody's Job

Accountability for injury and incident prevention can vary significantly from organization to organization. Who is ultimately responsible in your company? Does everyone understand his or her role and responsibilities? Read more...



Dirty Little Workplace Secrets

Since its flu and cold season, this is a good time to talk about workplace germs, housekeeping and hygiene practices that can help prevent the spread of illness. We spend 8 to 12 hours a day in workplaces with germs that could be making you and your Read more...

Disaster Recovery Roles and Responsibilities

Emergencies

Often the hardest part of surviving a workplace disaster is the recovery. Here's a list of management recovery roles and responsibilities. Crisis Manager. The primary Crisis Manager, alternate Read more...

First-Aid Refresher Training

Seconds count when an injury or illness occurs on the job. Use the information in this session to train employees on how to handle medical emergencies when they are the first or only person on the scene. Read more...

Get Tough on Dangerous Dust

Here is an example of workplace dirt that is downright dangerous is combustible dust. If not properly managed, combustible dust can explode. Accidents of this type have reported killed 1,000 workers over the last 30 years. Read more...

Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, so take the opportunity to give your workers first-aid training for heart attacks so they don't panic if they encounter a coworker in trouble. Begin by making them aware of the signs that someone is having a heart Read more...

Home Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is an important part of responsible homeownership. It requires that you always follow the proper procedures when working with electrical outlets and wiring. Remember, electricity can be deadly. If you're not experienced in electrical work, it's always best to call in a licensed electrician to perform repairs or improvements. That being said, here are Read more...

How to Integrate Safety into Core Business Processes

How do you fully implement a safety program? In a BLR webinar titled "Injury and Incident Prevention at Work: Good for Employees, Employers, and Your Bottom Line," Wayne Vanderhoof, CSP, and Read more...

Injuries and Illness

Here is a simple example of an accident investigation:

  • An employee breaks their arm, while working on a ladder, when it seems to collapse.

The investigation reveals the following details:

  • Employee had worked seven 12-hour shifts in a row.


OSHA Lockout/Tagout Rules: Q & A

Topic: Safety Management

There is a gap between the value of worker safety and the culture of safety in many organizations. Closing the gap is a major concern for safety professionals and executive managers.

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Planning for Successful Confined Space Rescues

Every year, workers die in confined space emergencies. Many of those fatalities come as a result of failed rescue attempts. To prevent deaths, you have to plan for successful rescues. Read more...

How To Conduct Safety And Health Self-Audits

A systematic evaluation of your safety and health situation is an important facet of your overall program. Do not wait for accidents to happen before you check and inspect. Read more...

Show the Value of Safety Training with Metrics

Metrics can help show the value of your safety training to your organization. How can you establish effective metrics for your training program? Read more...



Training

While OSHA tells you what the content of safety training should be, they don't tell you how to conduct training or where. The location of your training session can be a critical component in how effective your training is. In today's Advisor, we'll take a brief look at the importance of location. Read more...

Train Workers on These 5 Strategies for Reducing Exposure Risk

Hazardous chemicals are a real and present danger in more than 3 million American workplaces, according to OSHA. If yours is one of them, train your workers to avoid the risk of Read more...

Worker Safety and Maintenance

What's the relationship between keeping people safe and keeping equipment is safe? Does better maintenance really yield better safety? That's the topic of today's Advisor.

There are three types of maintenance:



Workers' Compensation Claims? The Best Defense is a Strong Offense

As an employer, you need to have a strong administrative foundation upon which you will be able to establish affirmative defenses when you're faced with a situation where you've got Read more...


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