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by , on March 15, 2017
In Saskatchewan, Canada, a SaskPower supervisor was fined $28,000 after being found guilty of Occupational Health & Safety violations. The accident occurred in Wakaw, Saskatchewan in 2014. Kleon Swahn and his crew were called to repair a line break on a high voltage line. When it was discovered that the available bucket truck did not...
by , on March 9, 2017
An 18-year-old worker for a telecommunications company was shocked in Orange Park, Florida, as he was working near high voltage power lines. John Bowman and other crewmembers were sending a line through a conduit with compressed air. The line “got away from them”, went up into the air about 75 feet, and at some point touched...
by , on March 7, 2017
Konecranes Canada Inc. in Ontario pleaded guilty last month in the death of one of their employees in 2015. The victim, a manager for the company, was electrically shocked as he and another worker were going up in a scissor lift. At the time, the two workers were repairing a 20-ton overhead crane. The ensuing...
by , on February 27, 2017
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Question: What is the recommended testing cycle for a 40 Cal arc flash suit? I have a technician requesting the testing schedule of 40-cal suits. Are there required tests for arc flash suits in ASTM F1506, ASTM F2178, OSHA or NFPA 70E? Answer: There are none. Arc flash suits do not provide any shock protection. Shock...
by , on February 24, 2017
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Q: Does winter wear or rainwear worn by an electrical worker have to be AR or just FR? A: Standards including NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269 require garments not to increase burns in the event of an arc flash. Both prohibit melting materials like polyester and nylon from being worn unless they are arc rated...
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