by , on April 8, 2018
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Question: Can we expect some arc blast-rated PPE to arrive in the near future? Answer: Neither e-Hazard nor ArcWear know of anyone developing PPE for arc blast. To look at Arc Blast and how it could relate to PPE, ArcWear and e-Hazard researched another paper this year measuring the force (N) on an impact plate from...
by , on March 19, 2018
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An Ontario worker was electrocuted November 2015 in an accident involving overhead power lines. The two companies involved have been convicted and fined. PGC Services of Gormley, Ontario, and K-Line Maintenance & Construction Limited of Stouffville, Ontario, have been fined in relation to a worker electrocution at a construction project site. The companies’ convictions came down February...
by , on March 14, 2018
A worker was fatally injured this past February at Carbide Industries in Louisville, KY. Carbide Industries is calling this a “workplace accident.” At least one news report described the incident as an electrocution. The investigation is ongoing. A company spokesperson said, “The company takes employee safety very seriously and is working with government authorities to determine the cause...
by , on February 21, 2018
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Q: Regarding Arc Flash Hazard footwear — leather boots are recognized as adequate protection for hazards >12cal. What about insulated heavy rubber (“Mickey Mouse”) work boots? A: Rubber insulating boots (DI) boots meeting ASTM F2413 (DI) are tested for boot characteristics and for DI characteristics. This is done by using ASTM F1116 Standard Test Method...
by , on February 14, 2018
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Q: Why does the selection of FR/AR clothing by PPE Category (or HRC) not work with the incident energy (IE) analysis? A: In 2018 the PPE Categories are still for use with the Task Tables 130.7(C)(15)(a) and 130.7(C)(15)(b). Using the Task Tables to pick PPE systems will overdress the worker for the energy since the Task...
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