Workers depend on the right tools to get the job done. And workers depend on their employers to ensure they’re equipped with the right tools, the right conditions, and the right processes to get the job done safely.
According to OSHA, a person on the ground is subjected to risk during an electrical fault by attempting to move toward or away from the grounding point. Step potential is the voltage between the feet of a person standing near an energized grounded object.
Despite the potential for serious injuries and fatalities, gloves were not considered when arc flash standards for clothing were first developed in the 1990s. For years electrical industry safety experts wanted the same type of rating on gloves as they had for clothing and face shields.
It was a normal January night like any other. Members of Boston Local 103 were doing routine maintenance on an above-ground part of Interstate 93. They had no idea they were about to turn into local heroes. The crew were ringing out some wires they had just pulled in. That’s when they encountered something they had never seen before: a cat stranded on a steel girder, 80 feet in the air.
At a Learning Lab session Monday on the Expo floor, Wesley Wheeler, Director of Safety, National Electrical Contractors Association, discussed the new regulations surrounding NFPA 70E and employers’ and contractors’ responsibilities.
AutomationDirect’s line of multi-conductor cables now includes additional 600V and 300V portable hard-usage service cord. Flexible power cable (also called service cord) is a cable with multiple conductors used for electrical power connections requiring flexibility and resistance to a wide range of environmental factors.
The Construction Employers of America asked the Chairs of the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee and Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee to include in their parties’ official platforms strong policies that acknowledges the vital role that highly skilled union building trade shops play in creating and maintaining the country’s infrastructure, supporting small business, and strengthening the middle class.
When someone suffers an electrical shock, they actually are – at that moment – part of an electrical circuit. The severity of the injuries they sustain depends on three primary factors: the amount of current flowing through the body (measured in amperes); the path of the current through the body and the length of time the body is in the circuit.
Among the articles in the December 2019 issue of ISHN Magazine, we have expert insight on selecting the right respirator, a link to the 2020 Buyers’ & Resource Guide, 10 safety mistakes that can land you in a courtroom, and much more.