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


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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Safety Training Commitments

Safety training commitments…please forgive me while I vent a bit here.

Why is it that people consistently ask for safety training, quality safety training, economical safety training, flexible safety training, etc. and then when you put a class on, or offer it up to those individuals, they then change their mind and say they don’t want it or need it? Or they say they will commit but when the date/time come, they are suddenly too busy or not able to attend the training after all. This is so frustrating to me.

So let me put this out to the masses; what do you do to help ensure that when you are offering a training course people not only commit but show up and attend? Charging for the class, or getting a deposit up front does not always work. So as safety professionals, who do we overcome these behaviors and get people in those seats?


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.

Safety Photo for January 2011

I am not sure if this truck mounted lift is legal or not, I saw it at a gas station one morning and decided to take a photo. My concern is that there are no outriggers on the vehicle for stability. If anyone has any comments, I would love to hear them.

My word of caution is that even if you purchase and install a piece of equipment, are you doing it according to the mfg instructions and are you operating it accordingly? I see people having the right intentions, but the wrong implementation. Use your head and do things right.

Is this a legal lift?