by , on December 1, 2009
ATPV vs. EBT The question often arises as to whether an Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) or an Energy Breakopen Threshold (EBT) is better protection in a garment system. When ASTM F1959/F1959M – 12 (The Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating of Materials for Clothing) was in development we quickly recognized that some materials...
by , on November 30, 2009
The Spokane Journal of Business has an article on arc flash sales as recession proof. Safety is somewhat recession-proof but what is most interesting to me is that this subject is getting attention at the business level rather than just the engineering and safety level. Though this article might not send the right message by...
by , on November 30, 2009
Electrical shock is the most common cause of electrical incidents and the reason for the need for basic electrical safety for all workers. NFPA 70E is Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It isn’t just for electrcians. Short story about shocked worker on scaffold in Naples, FL.
by , on November 26, 2009
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by , on November 25, 2009
Arlington, VA worker fixing a water main was electrocuted. He was probably not using a GFCI as required by OSHA. So unfortunate. Click here to read the Washington Post Story.
by , on November 25, 2009
Andrew Cochran from I-Gard offers a good article on arc flash mitigation. I-Gard is not a customer of ours but this is a good balanced article focusing on cutting arc flash energies by resistive grounding and other techniques. Mitigation presumes you have an arc flash study but many companies can offer advice on how to...
by , on November 25, 2009
There are almost always citations around electrical hazards. Sometimes when you drill down it is minor like cords or GFCI’s BUT these are among the most common killers. Click Here to Read the OSHA Press Release.
by , on November 24, 2009
Some folks want to change the Left Hand Rule to the Right Hand Rule. We would differ. What about the one-hand-rule? The “Left Hand Rule” came about when all disconnect handles were on the right side so the left hand rule kept you out of the line of fire. Now our training says: Use the...
by , on November 18, 2009
O’Connell Electric Co. Inc. could face as much as $88,200 in fines if found guilty of the allegations prompted by a company employee being burned May 18 from an electrical arc flash on the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo. O’Connell Electric’s chief executive officer, Victor E. Salerno, said today the company is challenging the allegations. “The good news is the employee is back to work,” said Salerno of the employee from the Rochester area who was burned in the incident. “We believe we followed all the proper procedures to protect our employees,” added Salerno. The company has done its own investigation of the incident and related activity, he said, and is confident it will prevail against the allegations by OSHA.