Category: Electrical Safety

Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution (death). OSHA’s design safety electrical standards apply to systems that provide power and light to employee workplaces. These regulations cover electrical installations and equipment installed or used within or on buildings, structures, and other premises. OSHA’s safe work practice rules for electricity provide standards for both qualified employees (those with a specific level of training) and unqualified employees (those with little or no training) who work on, near, or with various electrical components.

Holiday Hazards: Electrocution

34-year-old James Byrnes of North Beach, Maryland, was working from a ladder, hanging Christmas lights at his neighbor’s home in December 2013, when he came into contact with an overhead power line and was electrocuted. That same month, 13-year-old Georgia Marshall of Barry, South Wales, United Kingdom, was electrocuted while helping her father retrieve Christmas […]

Holiday Decoration

Holiday Cheer … or Fire Hazard? Deck the Halls Safely!

Do you deck the halls in your workplace? Whether you do it for business-related purposes—decorating to draw in customers looking for holiday items—or just to bring some seasonal cheer into the workplace, make sure that your holiday decorations don’t invite tragedy.

Electric Shock

Is This Electric Shock Case Recordable?

A® subscriber recently asked our experts if an employee’s electric shock experience was recordable on the OSHA 300 log. Read on to see the specifics of the incident and what the experts had to say.

Utilities safety

8 Safety Strategies to Maintain a Secure Workplace in the Utility Industry

Wastewater, water, electric, and natural gas utilities expose your work-alone employees to a lot of risks and hazards every day. Electrical engineers and maintenance personnel usually work alone for extended periods of time on outdoor pumps, treatment plants, and high-voltage substations, which can be dangerous. Employees who work with toxic gases, chemicals, and other machinery […]

Prevent Common Electrical Pitfalls that Hurt Workers and Result in OSHA Citations

There are three types of companies with regard to electrical safety: those that don’t know, those that are intimidated by the sheer magnitude of electrical compliance (or don’t care), and those that have done something. The reality is that electrical safety requires constant improvement. It is a journey where the traveler never arrives. The easiest […]

The Latest Edition of NFPA Electrical Code Is Now Available

NFPA 70E 2018, the newest electrical safety code by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is now available at the association’s website, The highly anticipated standard, which is updated every three years, clarifies accountability for electrical safety.

Delaware Electrical Company Demonstrates Decades of Safety Commitment

For 30 years, Mohawk Electrical Systems has participated in an initiative that rewards Delaware businesses that maintain a strong safety program with discounts on their workers’ compensation coverage. The Milford business was recently recognized for being the first in the state to complete three decades in the Delaware Workplace Safety Program.

Safely Evaluate Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

The impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may be catastrophic when it comes to electrically powered equipment and appliances. It is always best to contact your supplier for proper procedures, but these tips can help you evaluate damaged electronics.

NFPA’s 2018 Electrical Safety Standard Available in October

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) officials say print and electronic versions of its latest electrical safety code, NFPA 70E 2018, will be published in October. The standard, which is updated every three years, contains requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards.

power strip

Q&A: Power Strips for Office Electronics

Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: According to OSHA, are we allowed to use power strips to permanently power electronics like office computers?