by , on September 21, 2010
Electrical contractors in FL are required to do continuing eduction.  We are certified to perform this in FL using NFPA 70E but most don’t do that level of training opting for NEC (National Electrical Code) training which is mandatory.  Electrical safety and wiring safety are BOTH important. ” Test before touch” is a live saving event. ...
by , on September 18, 2010
Not mincing words, CalOSHA fined PG&E $176K in a recent transformer incident leading to the fatality to a 26 year old electrical worker in a vault. Read the news article citing the press release. Read San Jose Mercury News Article. Read SF Chronicle Article.
by , on September 18, 2010
The California Department of Industrial Relations has levied a $176,000 fine on Pacific Gas & Electric following a review of a Cal-OSHA report that alleged lax enforcement of safety rules to protect employees following the electrocution death of a PG&E utility worker.  The worker was upgrading a transformer in a vault that contained 12,000-volt power lines. ...
by , on September 15, 2010
Click here to read about the fatality.  NFPA 70E is being followed in more and more countries around the world.  Guyana might even have some sites using the standard.  But not this one. Click here to read the story of the barefoot electrocution.
by , on September 15, 2010
Could DI shoes have helped.  Only when a situation is analysed can you know but I have seen several times it could have helped.  You would almost not know if they worked.  One of those things you really wish you had recommended AFTER the accident.  Love to know more to help others if someone wants...
by , on September 15, 2010
"In addition to proposing a $191,000 penalty for the Kansas City, Kan., facility, the Labor Department’s complaint asks the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to order the Postal Service to correct electrical violations at all of its facilities nationwide. The Postal Service responded that it has been working since January to correct many of the electrical safety issues. “The plan provides for electrical risk assessments, training, personal protective equipment, enhanced safe electrical work practices and insulated tools,” the Postal Service said in a prepared statement. The response already has included 123,000 hours of training for more than 20,000 maintenance employees and continuing distribution of more than $2 million in protective gear such as safety glasses, face shields and flame-resistant gloves, lab coats and coveralls. The Labor Department said the complaint “marks the first time OSHA has sought enterprise-wide relief as a remedy.”
by , on September 15, 2010
Worker is wearing leather gloves (no rubbers can be seen).  Looks like cotton work clothing but some Argentinian workers are wearing arc rated.  No arc flash signs seen either.  He’s working from what appears to be an insulated ladder. Click here to see the flash video.
by , on September 15, 2010
Not too many weeks before the new OSHA 20 ft. rule for cranes and derricks, a “nice guy” dies from something “you never think about” a witness said.  Well this is why the law changed.  The 10 ft. rule didn’t work well enough.  Hope we can help to educate everyone that powerlines kill and they...
by , on September 15, 2010
This too common place incident is often caused by sweat and inadequate PPE.  The attic contains so many sources of electicity and often they are hidden. In older homes they may be totally uninsulated and it is a common place for poor electricians to cut corners and not seal things properly leaving a booby trap...
by , on September 15, 2010
This fatality is a common type of an uncommon occurence.  In the old days most utilities would have a death annually during storm restoration but with OSHA 1910.269 and common utility safety methods this is more a thing of the past. Click Here to Read the News Article.