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by , on May 1, 2019
Is that Electrical Wire De-Energized? A worker in New Jersey escaped injury after a power line fell to wet ground and arc flashed. How much energy is there? Probably very low from an arc flash perspective since the fault current would be low, the arc gap length was VERY small from the side of the...
by , on April 10, 2019
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Dowa THT America, Inc., of Bowling Green, OH, has been issued several citations from OSHA. Proposed fines total over $1,300,000. The company was cited for twenty-five willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations. One of those citations includes failure of the employer to provide PPE for employees that would protect them from electrical shock and arc flash....
by , on February 15, 2019
Question on PPE We recently became aware of a worksite which was auditing a contractor’s PPE for compliance to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910 standards. A contractor was using the pictured arc flash safety hood. At first glance, it appeared a mistake had been made by the manufacturer inserting a 25 cal/cm² faceshield into a...
by , on January 31, 2019
Electrical Safety training can be difficult to implement. Complex rules from OSHA and NFPA 70E have to be incorporated into even more complex workplace roles and responsibilities (job descriptions). The aim of this short article is to simplify these requirements in an easy-to-digest manner. This is aimed at persons new to electrical safety. OSHA should...
by , on January 29, 2019
Why is arc-rated hand protection important for electrical workers? Arc ratings are determined using a distance of 12 inches from an open air arc. However, the qualified electrical worker’s hands are much closer to the arc while working, and the configuration and positioning can differ. While rubber electrical gloves are typically given voltage ratings, they...
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