e-Hazard Blog

by , on July 26, 2018
A Mississauga, Ontario, company, Santoro Construction Ltd., was convicted and fined  in connection with a worker injury incident in 2016. The incident involved a worker employed by GMJ Electric, Inc. Santoro had contracted with GMJ Electric Inc. to complete all electrical projects at a job site in Toronto. Two GMJ employees were tying in and...
by , on July 13, 2018
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The short answer is, “‘Self-extinguishing’ means nothing for flash fire or arc flash.” Actually, because it could imply that the materials will “self-extinguish” safely in all conditions, we consider this term deceptive and dangerous. Self-exinguishing “Self-extinguishing”, or “SE”, is a relatively new term. “SE” is a marketing term used only by a few companies. No...
by , on June 20, 2018
Danger High Voltage sign on chain-link fence at substation
First Things First: What is High Voltage? When we examine industrial on-site electrical distribution systems, we immediately notice that a large majority of these sites distribute power throughout the facility with voltage levels exceeding 600 volts. This puts the site directly in line with OSHA 1910.269, which defines any voltages above 600 Volts as High...
by , on June 14, 2018
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Q: I hear about grounding and bonding being so important in my plant’s electrical system. I am not from an electrical background. Can you explain why this is significant? A: The importance of grounding and bonding involves worker safety, equipment safety (protective device operation), and lightning protection. In order to control anything, you will have...
by , on May 31, 2018
metal manufacturing building, blue sky
Safety incident causes production problems for auto customer Many years ago, a large auto manufacturing client had 3000 workers sidelined by a parts supplier. The lean manufacturing model they had employed had a hole they didn’t know they needed to fill: electrical safety. The small parts supplier had an arc flash fatality, and OSHA shut...
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