What Can Happen When Your Rubber Glove Gets Punctured

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A worker suffered an electrical shock injury after his rubber insulating glove was punctured while he was working. As he reached down to pick up a fallen plastic cover, his glove caught on a sharp edge of a control transformer. The pinhole created by the sharp metal allowed 1000 volts to pass through his wrist. […]

Electric Shock and Fall Incident in Massachusetts

A National Grid worker received electric shock and fall injuries this week. A worker, whose name has not yet been released, fell out of a bucket to the ground, striking some power lines on the way down. The incident happened in Norton, Massachusetts. National Grid is installing new utility poles in the area. A police […]

Utility Worker Escapes from Arc Flash on Power Line

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 […]

OSHA Citations Against Dowa THT America

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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. […]

New Published Article: Specifying AR and FR Gloves

Our article on AR and FR gloves came out in the February-March 2019 edition of Incident Prevention. In Specifying Arc-Rated and Flame-Resistant Gloves , Stacy Klausing and I discuss the different standards for shock and arc flash protection for gloves. We offer five steps to help you decide which gloves to buy for your employees: Use […]