Author: Hugh Hoagland
Hugh Hoagland
Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

by , on November 5, 2018
A 61-year-old construction worker died from electrocution this past June. The worker had been driving a dump truck to remove debris from a site in Lexington, KY. He raised the bed of the truck, and it struck the power lines above. The truck caught on fire. As the worker attempted to get out of the truck,...
by , on October 30, 2018
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Have leather coats been tested for arc flash (we use them for our battery rooms)? Some of our workers perform work on batteries with sulfuric acid as an electrolyte. How well do leather coats stand up in that environment? Ours are unlined. Answer: I have not tested a leather jacket BUT… I would recommend using...
by , on October 29, 2018
Three linemen have died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Chipley, Florida, on Wednesday, October 24. Police arrested the driver who struck the linemen while driving a pickup truck. The driver was traveling north on Route 77 when he veered to the shoulder of the road and hit the workers. The driver then...
by , on October 23, 2018
Applications are being accepted for the $2500 Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship. The annually-awarded $2500 scholarship is open to college undergraduate students preferably enrolled in a major geared toward a Safety and Health career. These careers include, but are not limited to, Environmental Science, Fire Protection, Health Physics, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health and Safety. Eligible students...
by , on October 18, 2018
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I have two questions about how to clean insulated tools. When we need to clean our insulated tools, what kind of cleaner or brand is acceptable? There’s this thing called Plasti Dip to put a rubber coating on your tools. Is that safe enough to use rather than purchasing insulated tools? Answer: To clean insulated...
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