Electrical Fatalities in the Workplace

May 3, 2024

By Daniel Majano and Brianne Deerwester, Contributors Contact with or exposure to electricity continues to be one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries in the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 1,322 workplace fatalities involving electricity between 2011 and 2022. Of the workplace electrical fatalities…


Safety Testing for Electric Vehicle Chargers

April 2, 2024

An EV charger tester should be part of electrical maintenance programs. By: Jeffrey R. Jowett, Contributor Electric vehicles are prominently heralded as the trend of the future, but there has also been negative publicity over safety issues like car fires. The key to excellent performance and safe operation is diligent maintenance. Do not take performance for granted,…


AutomationDirect Announces New Wiring Solution Products

March 1, 2024

New additions of quality wiring solution products from Murrplastik provide fast and efficient ways to prevent electromagnetic interference (EMI) and to install cable conduits for cobots and small robotic machinery. Murrplastik ZL-AB series discharge plates (for use with ZL series strain relief plates) and Murrplastik DIN-rail-mounted EMC cable clips provide easily accessible grounding points for cable shields,…


RS LOTO | Procedure Writing Software from Rockford Systems

January 12, 2024

Safety is paramount in your workplace, and we understand the importance of having efficient, reliable Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our RS LOTO software, designed to not only meet but exceed industry standards. Our standout feature? Unrivaled mobile capabilities that will transform the way you manage LOTO procedures. MOBILE CAPABILITIES:…


NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in The Workplace

January 2, 2024

“OSHA requires protective measures to prevent worksite injuries. DuraLabel recommends adding arc flash labeling to your overall safety and visual communication program. Arc flash labeling does not eliminate the requirement for work permits, training and planning when working on energized equipment. Effective hazard communication improves personnel safety, plant productivity and efficiency.” DuraLabel 1-888-326-9244 (U.S./Canada), www.duralabel.com…


Helping Victims Recover: Supporting Team Members After an Electrical Incident

November 21, 2023

Mention electrical incidents or staff becoming exposed to electricity in the workplace, and most people’s thoughts will turn to electricians or electrical contractors. However, electricity and power sources are so common everywhere that virtually any worker could become the victim of an electrical incident. When that happens, employers need to ensure that their workers not…


ASSP Updates Safety Standard for Communication Structures

November 16, 2023

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published a revision to a voluntary national consensus safety standard that involves communication structures, which can present many risks for workers across the country. The updated ANSI/ASSP A10.48 standard will be effective on January 1, covering the latest safety practices and training recommendations for the construction, demolition,…


Solar PV Installation Safety

July 14, 2023

By Brianne Deerwester, Contributor The dependence on modern electronic devices and the rapid advancements made to emerging technology has significantly increased the energy demands placed on homes and commercial buildings. Adapting to the ever-evolving future of energy requires efficient and clean energy. Energy storage systems and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels can allow you to tap…


Sample Plans Help Companies Keep Track of LOTO

May 23, 2023

By: Maureen Paraventi Approximately three million workers in the U.S. use or service equipment that may unexpectedly release hazardous energy if that energy is not properly controlled. The results can be life altering or life ending:  electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputations or fractures. According to OSHA, workers injured on the job from exposure to…


Understanding & Preventing Workplace Electrical Fatalities

April 26, 2023

By Daniel Majano and Brianne Deerwester, Contributors Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) collects information on fatal occupational electrical injuries using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries. ESFI’s…


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