e-Hazard Blog

by , on March 15, 2017
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Question: I have been asked by our Radiation Safety (at a nuclear power plant) manager if there is a known hazard with wearing nitrile gloves under voltage rated rubber gloves with leather protectors. Our company’s consensus is that even if a person were subjected to a 40 calorie event, there would not be enough heat transfer...
by , on March 15, 2017
In Saskatchewan, Canada, a SaskPower supervisor was fined $28,000 after being found guilty of Occupational Health & Safety violations. The accident occurred in Wakaw, Saskatchewan in 2014. Kleon Swahn and his crew were called to repair a line break on a high voltage line. When it was discovered that the available bucket truck did not...
by , on March 9, 2017
An 18-year-old worker for a telecommunications company was shocked in Orange Park, Florida, as he was working near high voltage power lines. John Bowman and other crewmembers were sending a line through a conduit with compressed air. The line “got away from them”, went up into the air about 75 feet, and at some point touched...
by , on March 7, 2017
Konecranes Canada Inc. in Ontario pleaded guilty last month in the death of one of their employees in 2015. The victim, a manager for the company, was electrically shocked as he and another worker were going up in a scissor lift. At the time, the two workers were repairing a 20-ton overhead crane. The ensuing...
by , on February 27, 2017
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Question: What is the recommended testing cycle for a 40 Cal arc flash suit? I have a technician requesting the testing schedule of 40-cal suits. Are there required tests for arc flash suits in ASTM F1506, ASTM F2178, OSHA or NFPA 70E? Answer: There are none. Arc flash suits do not provide any shock protection. Shock...