Why construction workers are still being electrocuted

With the focus on electrical safety steadily increasing over the last number of years, one might assume that construction workers were on par with the rest of industry with regards to training and awareness of electrical hazards. While some companies certainly are, others still lag behind and it shows in the numbers. Of all the construction fatalities in 2015, electrocution ranks #3, something that you might find unbelievable but it's true.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways construction workers and construction electricians are exposed to electrical hazards and what should be done to avoid injury.

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3 ways work boots protect against electrical hazards

Something you may not consider as a vital part of your electrical safety PPE is your work boots. Surprisingly though there are a number of considerations you need to make, and depending on your environment some can be life threatening. Here are 3 ways work boots protect against electrical hazards and some of the factors you should consider when deciding what's right for your workplace.

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How close can electrical workers come to electricity (and not get hurt)

Electrical workers need to complete tasks in close proximity to energized electrical conductors at varying voltage levels each and every day. But how do you know what is considered too close? When do you need PPE? And what are the distances that are considered safe for each voltage?

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How to determine the likelihood of arc flash and shock

In my opinion being able to determine the likelihood of an electrical incident happening is the most important element of your approach to electrical safety. That’s because without this you’ll never quite know for sure if you should be applying any protective measures or not. Which leads to either being exposed to hazards you are not protected from or wearing protection when you are not exposed to hazards! Both outcomes are not desirable.

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How to determine the severity of electrical hazards

In many industrial facilities around the world, workers are exposed to electrical hazards each and every day. In order to assess the risk of a particular job, you need to determine the severity of the hazard and the likelihood of something happening. In this article, I will go over how to determine the severity.

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Ranking protective measures for electrical hazards

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions arc flash is a guy dressed in a moon suit holding a six-foot-long orange rod or you picture something like a scene out of the 2008 movie The Hurt Locker. What you are picturing is a perfectly acceptable protective measure to take to protect yourself from an arc flash, but it falls under the category of personal protective equipment… which should be your last line of defense.

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The dangers of digital multimeters and what to do about them (2018)

The dangers of digital multimeters and what to do about them (2018)

Digital multimeters are one of the most important components of an electrician’s tool kit. They offer a wide range of functionality and allow you to determine what’s going on in your electrical system very quickly. More importantly, they offer a reliable means to determine the absence of voltage, which is an electrician’s most critical step to ensuring their safety.

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Elements of an energized work permit

Last week we discussed why and when you would need to use an energized work permit.

Ok. So now that you’ve come to this point and decided you do in fact need an energized work permit how do you do one? And what are the key element of the permit? This is what we are going to discuss today. There are really three main sections that the permit should have, the request, the job analysis, and the approvals. Let’s go through each one in more detail.

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