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National Electrical Safety Month – What Did You Do?

Electrical Safety Month is over, but Safety is Important Year Round

May marked the time of year for National Electrical Safety Month. What did you and/or your employer do to participate? Many Employers held toolbox talks on electrical hazards in their facilities or about the job performed by employees in the field. They may have done refresher training for their employees or, more simply, handed out an OSHA quick card.

Electrocutions are one of the fatal four for the construction industry. Among the General Industry Standards, multiple electrical standards made the top 10 most frequently violated and cited standards in 2014. The cited standards include: control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), electrical wiring methods for components and equipment, and electrical systems design under general requirements.

Working with electricity can be dangerous if someone is not trained properly. Most jobs require the use of an energy source. Electricity is the most typical type of energy usage. Such professions as engineers, linemen, electricians, and others work with electricity directly, including overhead power lines. Even though it may be indirect, office workers may also be exposed to electrical hazards.

OSHA’s electrical standard for general industry in the 29 CFR regulations for general industry in Subpart S, or starting at §1910.301. As a reminder on some of handling basics when dealing with live energy, you should use equipment that is approved to meet OSHA standards. You should not Continue Reading…

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Lock Out Tag Out in the Workplace: A Personal Experience

Making Dough . . . Oh NO!

A long long time ago in a faraway kitchen, there was a lovely young chef who was blessed with the duty of making the sweet bread daily. One dark and dreary morning, with groggy eyes, she was going through her routine of adding ingredients to her industrial floor stand kitchen mixer to make a batch of dough. As the dough started to bind she noticed it holding up on one part of the bowl.

Now, this mixer had a “safety cage” in place and if used properly would provide adequate protection. As she had been trained by her employer, the process was to press the stop button and then proceed to open the cage, at which time the moving paddles or hooks would be still. This young chef had discovered that if you just moved the cage over instead it would automatically stop and you could avoid the additional step of using the stop button. She had done this many times.

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This is just what she did! The cage flew open at the release of the safety latch. She quickly threw caution to the wind reaching into the large mixer to pull at the dough in attempt to release it from the side. As she was reaching in the dough hook was still moving but coming to Continue Reading…