e-Hazard Blog

by , on October 15, 2018
The dangers of a potential arc flash or arc blast occurring during a fire make the job of fire fighting that much more hazardous. Put that situation in an underground vault or a commercial building with 3-phase power, and the dangers increase. Some stations may have plans already established that include emergency response in underground...
by , on October 11, 2018
A 51-year-old utility worker was killed last week when he made contact with an overhead electrical line. Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) posted the preliminary details of the incident: “A two person crew was getting set to replace an electrical pole and while removing the new pole from their truck, contacted the...
by , on September 24, 2018
red background with burning question
Confusion on the difference between an arc-rated (AR) garment and a flame-resistant (FR) garment still exists. Let’s make the terms “arc-rated” and “flame-resistant” a bit simpler to understand. A Change in the Language and Testing The language concerning the labeling of personal protective equipment (PPE) changed in the 2012 NFPA 70E. What people had referred to...
by , on September 4, 2018
A sign hanger was involved in a billboard electric shock accident February 2018. Two sign hangers working for Outfront Media were working 25 feet above ground, installing a vinyl sign in Los Angeles. One of the metal poles used to place the sign touched the energized high-voltage line above the work area. One of the...
by , on August 29, 2018
arc flash certification
Sorry, you can’t. There is no such thing as arc flash certification. We sometimes get questions from  electrical contractors who have been told that their company must be arc-flash certified. I have to explain to the contractors that there is really no such thing as “certification” for a company in arc flash. Yet the companies...
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