e-Hazard Blog

by , on January 25, 2010
"An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined on Wednseday over an electrical accident involving a trainee. In 2007, ICE Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd had engaged the then 17-year-old man as a trainee. Sometime around April of that year, the trainee was assigned to a local business to help with work on a circuit distribution board. He was using an insulated copper to touch a circuit breaker’s live part when an arc flash resulted. The young man was knocked to the ground and suffered burns to his neck, face, and arms."
by , on January 20, 2010
OSHA has alleged two willful, 15 serious and one repeat violation following an investigation that began July 20, 2009. The willful violations include failing to adequately repair and maintain process equipment, and to update changes in operating procedures. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health. Serious violations include failing to maintain floor holes to prevent employees from tripping, to properly label electrical equipment, to prevent exposure to electrical parts, to update piping and instrumentation diagrams, and to address process hazard analysis deficiencies. A serious violation is one that could cause death or physical harm that can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.
by , on January 19, 2010
Office of Health, Safety and Security issues a monthly report and separates out electrical safety. One of the best reports you can find. Click here to read the Nov 2009 report from the HSS of the DOE.
by , on January 19, 2010
Another arc flash in a network system. Hawaiian Electric has two workers injured. Most likely they were in arc rated clothing since “one of the men was initially deemed to be in critical condition but was upgraded to serious condition shortly after his arrival at the hospital.” Following the requirements of the NESC and OSHA...
by , on January 19, 2010
"OSHA said the company failed to label electrical equipment with voltage and other ratings information and failed to provide electrical safety training to employees."