by , on February 21, 2018
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Q: Regarding Arc Flash Hazard footwear — Leather boots are recognized as adequate protection for hazards >12cal. What about insulated heavy rubber (“Mickey Mouse”) work boots? A: Rubber insulating boots (DI) boots meeting ASTM F2413 (DI) are tested for boot characteristics and for DI characteristics. This is done by using ASTM F1116 Standard Test Method...
by , on February 14, 2018
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Q: Why does the selection of FR/AR clothing by PPE Category (or HRC) not work with the incident energy (IE) analysis? A: In 2018 the PPE Categories are still for use with the Task Tables 130.7(C)(15)(a) and 130.7(C)(15)(b).  Using the Task Tables to pick PPE systems will overdress the worker for the energy since the Task...
by , on February 6, 2018
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Q: Is there a standard written format for completing a task job hazard analysis for electrical tasks? A: Don’t know of any. We have most of the info you would need on our EEWP Form. I’ve attached it here. You can feel free to use or modify it. This is our 2015 version, and I don’t...
by , on February 1, 2018
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An Xcel Energy electrical explosion at their Sherco plant in Becker, MN, brought on an investigation by Minnesota OSHA. The investigation has resulted in citations for three serious violations. The proposed fines total $21,000. Xcel Energy has filed to contest OSHA’s findings. In July, 2017, three workers entered a room to find out why a...
by , on January 24, 2018
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An arc flash incident at an Integrity Windows  plant December 17, 2017, left an electrician seriously injured. The electrician suffered burns to his arms, neck, elbow and upper torso. He was taken to a Minneapolis medical center for treatment. At the time of the incident, he was installing and testing breakers at the plant when...
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