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May 19, 2020
You Need A Plan: Developing Company Safety Programs

You Need A Plan: Developing Company Safety Programs
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 16:12 May 2020 You Need A Plan: Developing Company Safety Programs To develop a safety program, one needs to address challenges associated with such responsibilities. For instance, look at often duplicate or conflicting information regarding productivity, safety, host requirements, government regulations and industry consensus standards, including National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. To help contractors implement a company safety program, the National Electrical Contractors Association developed a safety manual and instruction guide that provides 30 templates based on common...

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May 19, 2020
Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric

Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:53 May 2020 Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric In February, Forest Electric, Edison, N.J., celebrated four years without a lost-time injury. Adam Ashton, general superintendent, explains how the company makes safety such a top priority. What’s the secret of your success? It comes from the top down. The [company's] president has 100% bought into safety and pushed it down to our foremen. Another reason why there’s 100% buy-in: safety practices also help boost productivity and quality of work. We have to do a little forward looking on our...

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May 19, 2020
Hand Safety

Hand Safety
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:33 May 2020 Hand Safety Toolbox Talk is a series of informational guides designed to help contractors hold short safety meetings on the job site. Use the provided discussion questions to help start a safety conversation with your workers. TOOLBOX TALK OBJECTIVES: • Be familiar with the possible job site dangers to the hands. • Be familiar with the different types of gloves available. THE RISKS: Electrical work is very hand-intensive. What would you do on a job site if you couldn’t use your hands? As a result, your hands are at...

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May 19, 2020
Reducing the Risk: In all ways, safety experts confirm safety risk management yields big dividends

Reducing the Risk: In all ways, safety experts confirm safety risk management yields big dividends
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:45 May 2020 Reducing the Risk: In all ways, safety experts confirm safety risk management yields big dividends One of the major goals of risk management is to help keep employees safe. Whether from ladder falls, auto accidents, arc flash or other hazards, prioritizing safety risk management can truly bring a business to the next level,” said Nate Oland, senior national account executive at Owatonna, Minn.- based property and casualty insurance provider Federated Mutual Insurance Co. SAFETY LEADER Karen...

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May 19, 2020
Meeting of the Safety Minds: Experts discuss high-risk safety challenges while ensuring compliance and managing documentation

Meeting of the Safety Minds: Experts discuss high-risk safety challenges while ensuring compliance and managing documentation
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:21 May 2020 Meeting of the Safety Minds: Experts discuss high-risk safety challenges while ensuring compliance and managing documentation Safety is paramount in the electrical contracting industry, and firms have never employed more innovative approaches or been more dedicated to keeping their contractors safe. Safety Leader invited several of the industry’s most proactive safety experts to share how they address everything from high-risk safety challenges to safety compliance and documentation management.  How do you handle the following challenges? Drug testing...

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May 19, 2020
Hierarchy of Needs: Electrically safe work conditions and risk-control methods

Hierarchy of Needs: Electrically safe work conditions and risk-control methods
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:48 May 2020 Hierarchy of Needs: Electrically safe work conditions and risk-control methods In the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E, a new Section 105.4, “Priority,” was added to clearly state hazard elimination is the first priority in implementing safety-related work practices. The informational note (IN) following this section reminds the user that elimination is the first risk-control method identified in 110.1(H)(3), “Hierarchy of Risk Control Methods.” Also, in 2018, the hierarchy of risk control was relocated from an IN into positive text in the...

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May 19, 2020
Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories

Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories
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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:24 May 2020 Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories After surviving an arc flash incident in 2011, Brandon Schroeder started giving safety presentations, sharing his “Believe in Safety” message. Now he discusses safety at companies such as Facebook, Google, Intel and Nike. He was named a top 10 presenter at this year’s National Safety Council conference. At the time of his accident, Schroeder did not have his arc flash suit in his van. “We didn’t get the suits until 2008, and my...

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May 18, 2020
NEMA Publishes Guide on Disinfecting Electrical Equipment

NEMA Publishes Guide on Disinfecting Electrical Equipment
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Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:29 May 2020 NEMA Publishes Guide on Disinfecting Electrical Equipment On May 13, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the guide, “GD 4-2020 COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance for Electrical Equipment,” to help people in the electrical industry safely disinfect electrical equipment. NEMA represents almost 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers serving the building systems, building infrastructure, lighting systems, industrial products and systems, utility products and systems, transportation systems and medical imaging markets. “Managing the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus requires proper cleaning and disinfecting of equipment,...

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May 18, 2020
Amidst Pandemic, Global Energy Demand Projected To Fall But Renewable Energy Experiences GrowthMarlena Chertock

Amidst Pandemic, Global Energy Demand Projected To Fall But Renewable Energy Experiences GrowthMarlena Chertock
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Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:03 May 2020 Amidst Pandemic, Global Energy Demand Projected To Fall But Renewable Energy Experiences GrowthMarlena Chertock Unforeseen side effects of lockdowns and social distancing methods to combat the spread of the coronavirus include decreased energy demand and drops in pollution levels around the world. This year, the world may experience a record-breaking annual decline in energy-related carbon emissions of nearly 8%, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is the lowest CO2 emission level seen...

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May 18, 2020
Stay Within Sight

Stay Within Sight
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Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:14 May 2020 Stay Within Sight Requirements that help remove hazards The National Electrical Code includes more than 60 requirements to install a disconnecting means within sight from equipment. These requirements are safety-driven and ensure that workers and other personnel can open the circuit supplying equipment. This general requirement for providing a means to disconnect to power allows workers to remove hazards—such as electric shock and arc-flash events—if work was done while circuits were energized. Always shut the power off before working on equipment. The NEC rules on to disconnecting means...

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