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by , on September 3, 2014
As students at Campbellsville University were leaving a gathering to watch the school band participate in a charity event, (the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness) four firefighters received injuries related to using the aerial ladder to dump water from above. As the students left the area, the firefighters were lowering the ladder of the...
by , on August 28, 2014
Electrical workers are required to wear arc rated/flame resistant clothing when doing energized electrical work. A majority of workers wear AR/FR pants with long sleeved shirts tucked into the pants. However, some workers prefer wearing AR/FR bib overalls with an AR/FR long sleeved shirt. This leaves open the question of whether it matters if the...
by , on August 26, 2014
Burning Questions Arc Flash
[dropcap]Q.[/dropcap]My question is in relation to wearing 40cal headwear with level 2 clothing. Is it permissible to wear the level 2 clothing over the balaclava or to tuck the balaclava into the clothing? Is there any potential hazard associated with this or could it reduce the effectiveness of the balaclava?   [dropcap]A. [/dropcap]Although I have...
by , on August 25, 2014
Thanks to Electrical Business Magazine for the promoting of  IEEE-ESW 2015! We are very excited to be hosting the annual electrical safety workshop in our hometown of Louisville, KY. We hope to see you there in January 26-29, 2015. See the shout out
by , on August 15, 2014
  Hugh Hoagland, Sr. Consultant/Founder ArcWear, will be presenting a tutorial at the IEEE IAS PCIC Technical Conference in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Hoagland and e-Hazard Partner Al Havens will present Specification of Arc Rated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) following ASTM requirements based on actual testing  Abstract: The tutorial will cover...
by , on August 15, 2014
Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory. click image to zoomComDust Rule in Limbo – In July the Chemical Safety Board designated the need for a combustible dust standard as “Most Wanted.” The CSB has lambasted the U.S....
by , on August 14, 2014
The case of an electrocuted worker from 2011 went to court where company owner, Roger Matthews is facing manslaughter charges. The charges stem from an accident where employee, Jason Morgan, 33, was electrocuted when he was working near cables energized to 11,000 volt power during the installation of safety netting on a steel-framed barn extension....
by , on August 8, 2014
One worker was injured, suffering burns over 40 percent of his body while working in the electrical room of a condominium complex in Santa Monica, CA on June 10, 2014 when there was an electrical arc flash explosion. A second worker also received less critical injuries. The explosion reportedly took place in the basement of...
by , on August 5, 2014
Q. I have a question about OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Section (I)(6) “Apparel,” specifically (I)(8)(v) regarding the wearing and use of the safety vest. (l)(8)(iv)(D):….for the employer to ensure that the outer layer of clothing worn by an employee is flame-resistant when the estimated incident heat energy exceeds 2.0 cal/cm2 We have always advocated the use...
by , on August 5, 2014
Device manufacturers in the European Economic Area must comply with the third edition of the EN 60601 electrical safety standard by December 31, 2017. There is a possibility of an earlier date for compliance according to Annex ZZ of EN 60601-1 third edition. Richard Vincins, Vice President of Quality Assurance Consulting at Emergo Group, indicates...
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