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by , on August 3, 2016
IEEE & the IEEE Standards Association made two announcements this week: 1) the 2017 National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC) is now published 2) the NESC has a new Chair and Vice Chair. Read here for more details. Several changes can be seen in this update, including revised requirements for substation impenetrable fences. IEEE launched a...
by , on August 2, 2016
Two men were seriously injured in an arc flash event in April 2016. A third worker was injured as well, but returned to the scene to help fire investigators the same day as the accident. The incident occurred at Ware River Power Inc. in Ware, Massachusetts. The cause, as determined by the fire investigator, was...
by , on July 27, 2016
July Webinar On July 20, I talked about the lessons I learned from just a few of the 165 investigations I’ve been a part of since 1995. I also explained why PPE is important, and what you should wear in different situations. I went through arc flash standards to try and help you understand what they...
by , on July 25, 2016
“Who is e-Hazard?” “What in the world do they do?” “When I search for e-Hazard online, why does a soccer player come up instead?” Maybe you’ve asked those questions before in one form or another. Maybe you’re here accidentally in your search for something else. Either way, we’re going to answer those questions and do our best...
by , on July 18, 2016
Kaneka Dermal Health Risk Assessment (aka acid burn study) is now available free of charge at the Burns Journal web site. You can read the full text here and also download a PDF copy of the study. The purpose of this study was to address the issue as to whether acidic gaseous combustion products represent...
by , on July 14, 2016
A 60-year-old employee was pulled into a rotating shaft of a coal elevator and killed at his workplace in Tonawanda, NY, in January 2016. He was preparing to grease the elevator when his jacket was caught. The elevator was neither shut down nor locked out. OSHA’s inspection determined that Tonawanda Coke Corp. failed to: Ensure the...
by , on July 11, 2016
Electrical Workers Seriously Injured Very recently, two PAR Electric employees in Missouri were seriously injured from electric shock as they worked near a 69kV power line. They were holding a pole while a crane was moving into position when a gust of wind blew their pole into the energized line. Both men were airlifted to...
by , on July 7, 2016
Protector gloves have two primary purposes: Mechanical protection for the rubber insulating glove worn underneath. Arc flash protection of the rubber and hands. Historically, ASTM F696 Standard Specification for Leather Protectors for Rubber Insulating Gloves and Mittens has been used for protector gloves.  OSHA requires “protector gloves” be worn for arc flash protection and lists...
by , on June 30, 2016
On July 20, I’ll be speaking about several public incidents and pointing out some insights into worker behavior that can help you in developing your company’s PPE and safety training programs. This informational webinar can also help you ask the right questions and look for important evidence during an accident investigation. This is a FREE...
by , on June 24, 2016
The idea of the categories was developed by Dr. Tom Neal at DuPont. He sent me his table and a list of the PPE he had tested which met the four categories. Since I tested for many companies and he had only DuPont data, I validated his findings. We did tweak the categories based on...
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