Safety Photo for June 2012

Although they used a grounded wire, OSHA still says the cord has to be rated for hard or extra hard usage (1926.405(a)(2)(ii)(J)). Flat cords are not rated for this use and therefore are not allowable for extension cords in construction.

Reference Materials on electrical cords and safety:

OSHA Construction Electrical Safety & Health Page
OSHA General Industry Electrical Safety & Health Page
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: electrical tape on an extension cord
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: repair and use of extension cords
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: job made extension cords

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Electrical Safety Photos

I just wanted to share a few actual electrical safety hazards I have found on jobsites over the past few years. I know personally I am always looking for photos to use in my training and anything else that I can use to make the message more impactful and relevant to the issue at hand. I do not care if you use these or share them, that is what this business is all about; sharing information to aid in the promotion and betterment of safe workplaces across the globe.

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NFPA 70E Updates

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released the new update for the NFPA 70E regulations. The 2012 version includes some significant changes from the previous version (2009). Some of the items of note include:

  • Arc Flash vs. Flame Resistent Clothing
  • Removal of the 2* category for PPE
  • Huge expansion of the appendices and supplemental information
  • Established a 3 year re-training requirement
  • Updates of work permit and hazard charts/tables
  • New labeling requirements
  • Much more

For more information you should obtain your own copy of the 2012 NFPA 70E regs and the handbook. Also, check out the NFPA blog for interesting articles on fire safety and code requirements.

In case you have not seen the video yet, I would like to repost the video created by Kelly Johnson whose husband was involved in an electrical accident. Donnie’s Accident. I hope you find inspiration from this as I did.

Online Safety Resources

Being a safety professional can be daunting work sometimes. With all of the various rules and regulations, keeping up to date and finding time to do your other duties can be difficult. I wanted to take a moment to share with you all some of the web sites that I have found valuable over the years.

NOTICE: I do not endorse, collect royalties, or other legal jargon from any of these websites…I just found them useful and thought you might as well.

Construction:

General Safety: