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by , on March 7, 2012
An Electric Department Lineman from Fairhope, AL, was electrocuted last December when multiple old wooden braces broke and live electrical wires fell onto  his back.  The lineman survived the accident and is still recovering.  The investigation indicates some possible factors:  insufficient original brace strength, inability to compute load-bearing potential of braces, degradation of braces over time,...
by , on March 7, 2012
Hobart Brothers Co. of Troy, OH, was cited with 55 safety & health violations, with proposed penalities of $174K.  OSHA focused on this company due to higher-than-average injury and illness rates.  Included in the serious safety violations were failures to isolate energy sources, provide lockout/tagout procedures for the energy sources of equipment, train workers on...
by , on March 7, 2012
A munitions depot in the Congo exploded on Sunday morning, killing over 200 and injuring an estimated 1500.  An electrical short circuit / faulty wiring has been listed as the cause of the explosion.  The blasts scattered ammunition across the city of Brazzaville, and they were continuing to explode, causing more fatalities. Click here to...
by , on March 7, 2012
Outlet boxes with the product name listed below have not been UL tested for safety, and subsequently it is not known if they comply with UL’s safety requirements.  UL is notifying electricians that these boxes bear a counterfiet UL Mark. Click here to read this Public Notice dated 2/28/12. Name of Product: Metallic Outlet Box Cat....
by , on February 29, 2012
AGrowStar, LLC, of Fort Valley, GA, was cited by OSHA for 20 serious and 2 other-than-serious violations, with proposed penalties of $74k.  Included was failure to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures for energy sources, annual training for employees exposed to fire or explosion hazards, securing a permit prior to entering a confined space to perform...
by , on February 29, 2012
OSHA proposed $91k in penalties against Yaskawa America, Inc., of Oak Creek, WI, for allowing a worker to come in contact with exposed and energized parts without the appropriate PPE.   Yaskawa America was cited with 6 safety — including 1 willful – violations, 3 serious safety violations, and 2 other-than-serious violations. The worker received an...
by , on February 29, 2012
A Tasmanian worker controlling the boom from which concrete flows was burned when another portion of the pumping truck came into contact with high-voltage power lines carrying 11,000 volts.  He sufferd entry and exit burns from the shock. Click here to read the article from 3/1/12.
by , on February 27, 2012
In This Issue Updated 2012 Classes February Survey: HRC2 Hood New Arc Flash Hazard Sign OSHA Fines this Month Burn Up the Myth NEW Garment Requirements in NFPA 70E 2012 Arc Test Dates FR vs. Arc Rated Commitment NFPA 70E Free Webinar ANSI Appoints Golovkov & Hoagland to IEC ERI Safety Videos 2012 NFPA 70E...
by , on February 24, 2012
Citations won't be filed after two young farm workers were electrocuted while removing tassels from corn in rural northwestern Illinois last summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced January 25th. The investigation found lightening may have struck the field's irrigation system. About 72 people working for St. Louis-based Monsanto Corp. were de-tasseling corn when the accident occurred.
by , on February 24, 2012
So much energy was pulsing through the transmission lines of the electric tower that Blake Hubbard climbed that the teen may not have touched anything before he was shocked and fell. A report submitted Monday by Duke Energy officials to the state utility commission indicated Blake, 14, could have been shocked because he might have touched a transmission line or because he had climbed too close to the high-voltage equipment, a Duke Energy spokeswoman said Wednesday.
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