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by , on July 2, 2010
These are usually only available to those who attend the conferences. This is a good overview of the standards relating to arc resistant equipment (NOT PPE).  Arc Resistant equipment are usually motor control centers or switchgear which do not allow more than 1.2 cal/cm2 of energy to escape when an arc occurs internally in the...
by , on July 1, 2010
This brings the proposed fines to over $2 million for the USPS for electrical safety.  This is a huge amount for electrical safety fines. Click to see the OSHA press release for electrical safety fines for the Scarborough, ME USPS Postal facility $443K June 2010. Portland, OR Citation $77K June 2010. Baton Rouge, LA Citation...
by , on July 1, 2010
A Hoschton, Ga., electrician died today after he was struck in the face by a live wire in front of a Martinez residence. Workmen survey the scene Thursday after a co-worker was shocked by electricity. William Bret Ward, 45, was hit in the forehead by a live wire at about 10:30 a.m. while working on a ground transformer at a home on the 3900 block of Braddock Street, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said. “(He) was pulling a wire into it and apparently his head came in contact with the current, and it electrocuted him,” Collins said. Ward, a worker with Utility Lines Construction Services Inc., was wearing protective gloves and rubber sleeves when the wire hit him, Collins said. Ward’s co-workers performed CPR on him until Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue and EMS crews arrived at the scene. “It was just too much for him,” Collins said. Ward was pronounced dead at about 11:30 a.m. at Doctors Hospital.
by , on July 1, 2010
This interpretation makes it clear that OSHA can cite electrical hazards which are “recognized” under the “General Duty Clause”.  This interpretation also clarifies the responsibilities of the “controlling employer”.  This is one of the first mentions of NFPA 70E by OSHA and we are seeing the results of the citations today. OSHA states in the...
by , on June 30, 2010
Wearing the right PPE is critical but other provisions to prevent arc flashes and lower incident energies in incidents are part of CSA Z462 and NFPA 70E.  These provisions prevent many of the incidents in the workplace. Click here to read the story of the arc flash fine in Canada at OH&S Insider.