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In June of this year, a 47-year-old Siemens employee died while performing routine electrical maintenance work. While the cause of his death has not yet been released, he had come in contact with a wire while performing testing work at an AK Steel substation in Ashland, KY. A spokesperson said

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Arc Flash/Shock SafetyElectrical SafetyPPE Personal Protective Equipment

The warm weather of the summer months is usually the worst time of year in the fight against insects. Many linemen and utility workers find themselves in need of protection from pests on the job in the warm weather.  Even in the northern climates now there is risk of mosquito and

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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

Tacoma Power commissioned a study of their flame retardant treated PPE due to worker concerns about possible hazards to workers.  The basic outcome is positive; there is no literature link to negative health effects from the types of FR treatments used in arc flash PPE.  The health hazards on the

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OSHA Electrical Safety InterpretationsPPE Personal Protective Equipment

So who carries the responsibility of paying for Personal Protective Equipment at the workplace? A few interesting questions were asked of OSHA last year on who pays for the personal protective equipment at a workplace. Specifically, can an employee be required to pay a deposit on the PPE as an

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An electrical technician for Republic Steel in Blasdell, NY, sustained several arc flash injuries in October 2014 while working on live equipment. The employee suffered first degree burns on her face and third degree burns on her hand. She was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane; an

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Electrical Safety StandardsNESCOSHA Electrical Safety InterpretationsOSHA Fines for Arc Flash IncidentOSHA Fines for Electrical SafetyOSHA IssuesPPE Personal Protective Equipment

The new dates are final for OSHA 1910.269.  There is a little reprieve if AR clothing is ordered. According to the memo the following Enforcement Policies will be followed and are recommended for state plans also. Companies following NESC 2007 or 2012 will likely be in compliance with clothing requirements

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PPE Personal Protective EquipmentStandard News (ASTM)

OSHA put in a proposal to update eye and face protection standards in the areas of general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction. They propose to update references to include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard  Z87.1-2010 and to change the language in the standards for construction

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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

 Thousands of inadequate firefighter PPE were given to Korean firefighters two years ago. Until recently, the PPE were still being used in the front lines. Approximately 5,300 suits did not pass the quality inspection test.  Yet the Korea Fire Institute had put their stamp of approval on them as having

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Arc Flash Training ArticlesBurn Up the MythBurning QuestionsPPE Personal Protective EquipmentStandard News (ASTM)

As a reviewer of this study I think the issue of off-gas from modacrylic containing materials (there are many of them) causing injury has been laid to rest. Long ago a scientist who did an early smoke study using many materials concluded to me in private that all smoke is

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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

Counterfeit and inferior personal protective equipment (PPE) is still making its way into UK workplaces. Slingsby, a workplace equipment supplier, is letting people know that despite previous warnings, these products are still being distributed.  Some of the inferior products they’ve seen have been badly made while others are supported by

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