Safety

July 17, 2018 — CBRE Ltd. has been fined a total of $80,000, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, after a worker was shocked by electricity while changing a 347V fluorescent lighting ballast.
February 15, 2018 - PGC Services Inc. (Gormley, Ont.) and K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. (Stouffville, Ont.) have been fined a total of $285,000, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, after a 25-year-old employee of PGC suffered a fatal electrical contact incident on Highway 7, just east of Dufferin Street in Vaughan, Ont.
January 2, 2018 — The Ontario Ministry of Labour says it is enhancing protection for workers by increasing the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that don’t meet workplace health and safety standards.
December 14, 2017 - “We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed [Ontario] area and has resulted in four fatalities,” reports Hydro One, referring to an incident that happened this morning.
November 17, 2017 —Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., J.M.R. Electric Ltd. and Toromont Industries Ltd. have been fined a total of $460,000 after a worker was injured during the construction of the South West Detention Centre (SWDC) in Windsor, Ont.
November 15, 2017 - With the launch of Compass—a new online health & safety tool by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board—Ontarians can, for the first time, find and compare health & safety statistics for businesses across the province.
June 20, 2018 — What I call the Super Bowl of Electrical Safety — but is officially known as the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop — was recently held in Ft. Worth, Texas, welcoming over 550 people from 15 different countries.
February 26, 2018 — The new CSA Z462-2018 “Workplace electrical safety” was released to the public in the second week of January. CSA Group’s announcement regarding the 4th edition highlighted a number of revisions, but one of the most powerful and best changes is the requirement to perform and document job safety planning.
October 6, 2017 — Having covered risk assessment procedures (RAPs) for shock & arc flash (i.e. PPE category method) in previous editions, the last RAP to cover in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” is the arc flash incident energy analysis method.
June 28, 2017 - I am regularly asked by professionals from a variety of electrical sectors to help them nail down comprehensive methods for executing safe electrical work practices in real-world scenarios. This is where the rubber hits the road, involving some of the most important interactions between crews and their management teams.
March 14, 2017 - The source of risk assessment procedure best practices that you find in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” (Clause 4.1.5.7) is CAN/CSA-Z1002-12 “Occupational health and safety - Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control”.
December 12, 2016 - In my last column, I addressed the basic theory and concepts behind CSA’s family of occupational health & safety (OH&S) standards. Among them is CSA Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management”, CSA Z463 “Guideline on maintenance of electrical systems”, CSA Z460 “Control of hazardous energy: lockout and other methods” and, of course, CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety”.
July 13, 2018 — ITW Canada and Health Canada recently issued a recall for Red Head Trubolt+ wedge anchors used for concrete anchoring.
July 6, 2018 — Eaton recently issued a recall for certain Eaton heavy duty 30A and 60A safety switches intended for use in heavy commercial, utility and industrial applications.
June 13, 2018 — GE Lighting and the U.S. CPSC have issued a recall for the Cool White Universal T8/T12 LED two pack tube lamps.
April 30, 2018 — Honeywell, Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC have issued a joint recall for Honeywell type 1 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats.
April 17, 2018 - Schneider Electric is voluntarily recalling Square D general duty 30A and 60A, 120V/240V, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches because the power can stay on when the handle is in the OFF position, posing a shock or electrocution hazard.
March 23, 2018 — eHeat Inc. has issued a recall for its Envi high-efficiency electric panel heaters, in conjunction with Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC.
June 14, 2018 — UL has identified ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that bear counterfeit UL Marks for Canada and the U.S.
April 27, 2018 — Intertek has issued a warning that the permanently-connected, utility interactive, three-phase inverter/combiner box, model 869R020 .100 AE_3TL-20_6, may pose a fire hazard. Certification of these products was terminated in 2015.
February 2, 2018 - A manufacturing facility in China has lost 1000 UL holographic labels, which are genuine and will pass all security detection analysis, but are not authorized by UL to be affixed to any product.
December 11, 2017 — UL has identified an unauthorized UL Mark on FSL LED lamps.
September 6, 2017 - “Smart Electrician” receptacle-type ground fault circuit interrupters Model GLX-15ATR by Huizhou Faith Electric Manufacture bear unauthorized Intertek Certification Marks for Canada and the States.
August 30, 2017 - CSA Group is warning the public of the unauthorized use of CSA Group Certification Marks on wiring that has been noted as a component on various products, mainly arriving from China.
April 24, 2018 — The MSA Altair Grid is a real-time remote monitoring service for portable gas detection.
February 8, 2018 - Through its eCommerce-enabled website, Lenco Training & Technical Services is now offering The Electrical Room and The Lockout Box.
December 11, 2017 — MSA has announced the new V-Shock line of personal fall limiters (PFL) for fall protection. The V-Shock Mini PFL is designed with overmold housing to withstand abusive jobsite environments.
June 1, 2017 - Werner says it has developed new fall protection products to protect workers in high-risk environments: the ProForm F3 harnesses, which feature a patented relief cord system. This allows the user to relieve possible deadly pressure on femoral arteries and pressure on the clavicle, typically caused by harness straps in a post-fall condition, according to Werner.
March 29, 2017 - Brady has announced its Safety Lock and Tag Carrier, which can hold up to 12 safety padlocks and keys, as well as lockout hasps and lockout procedure tags.
March 29, 2017 - Carhartt is adding eight new women’s styles to its flame-resistant (FR) line. The new assortment includes a jacket, a denim pant and canvas pant, a coverall, a woven shirt, and three knit shirts and is “purpose-built for women working in the electric utilities and oil and gas industries”.

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