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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.
by , on June 27, 2010
In This Issue Arc Test Dates NFPA 70E Proposed Changes Online South African Standards Committee Visits Kinectrics with ArcWear Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) Gains Traction OSHA Requirements for Computer-Based Training NFPA 70E-2012 May Require 3 Year Minimum Refresher OSHA Fines this Month NEW Electrical Safety Articles & Video Click the image below to visit...
by , on June 25, 2010
Schneider Electric (a top NFPA 70E compliance company) cited for electrical hazards after an employee electrocution.  It is tough to change the electrical culture.  Companies with leading edge technologies and safety programs have a tough time getting the word down to the lower level workers.  Electricity can kill you. I’m sure Square-D made changes to prevent this...