More than 2,000 workers are injured yearly in arc-flash incidents. High incident electrical energy traveling through the air results in an arc flash. Electricity jumps across a gap in milliseconds, heating a small quantity of air to temperatures reaching as high as 35,000 degrees F-three-and-a-half times the temperature of the surface of the sun-forming an intense fireball that vaporizes metal and burns everything combustible in the immediate area.
Identifying PPE Mistakes in Electric Arc Flash Programs
After a decade of electric arc testing, incident investigations and incident replications using electric arcs, a few lessons have emerged as critical in assessing a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) program:
An interview with Gordon Baldwin, Director, Safety & Security for West Division of Charter Communications
Founded in 1993, Charter Communications has grown considerably. Today, the Fortune 500 company is the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the U.S. The company provides a full range of digital video entertainment programming, high-speed Internet and telephone services for residences, as well as broadband communications solutions to businesses, such as Internet access, telephone, data networking, and video and music entertainment.
An interview with Jack D. Sahl, Director - Corporate Environment, Health & Safety, Southern California Edison
One of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Edison International, Southern California Edison (SCE) has provided electric service for more than a century to some of the most dynamic and growing areas of central, coastal and southern California. On an average day, SCE provides power to13 million people in a 50,000 square mile area encompassing 11 counties with 430 cities and communities.
An interview with ken Flechler, Vice President of Safety and Compliance, Comcast Corporation
"Safety has always been my focus," says Ken Flechler, whose career began in Louisville, Kentucky as a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor for the American Red Cross. Other roles related to safety that he has held over the years include serving as the Safety Administrator for a local cable television market in Louisville, and positions as the State Safety Manager for TCI of Kentucky, and Divisional Director of Safety and Security for TCI – Atlantic Division. In early 1999, he joined Comcast as Director of Safety and now serves as Vice President of Safety and Compliance for Comcast Corporation.
Advanced products offer utility safety professionals a more effective method for treating burn injuries with less suffering and help reduce injury-related costs.
Utility safety professionals charged with lowering the risk of serious injury are undoubtedly focused on prevention. Not only does preventing workplace accidents eliminate pain and suffering, it also pays dividends in lower exposure to liability and in reduced Workers' Compensation and related costs.
It is also common practice among leading utility safety experts to provide products in the workplace that will make immediate treatment of injuries as effective as possible. This is especially true when it comes to treating burns, an injury that is perhaps more common than we realize.
How the right cleaner can extend the life of tools and workers by uncovering hidden damage and restoring high visibility.
A power utility got a big surprise recently when they tested a new, specially formulated rubber goods cleaner on a hot-line jumper. The cleaner revealed potentially hazardous burn and cut damage lurking beneath the grimy, blackened surface. The failed tool was removed from service, averting possible injury.
Looking for an alternative to ground-to-ground and cradle-to-cradle? The method suggested here could be your answer.
Georgia Power Company (GPC) has developed the 4 Cover-up Rules philosophy to train employees rather than requiring a ground-to-ground or cradle-to-cradle glove and/or sleeve rule.
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