Safety

September 13, 2017 —Yvon Richer of Orleans, Ont. was convicted in an Ottawa court on August 29 and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine plus a 25% ($2,500) victim fine surcharge for advertising for electrical work without a license.
September 6, 2017 – Entegrus Powerlines Inc., a Chatham, Ont., electrical utility contractor, has been fined $70,000 after two workers received electrical burns, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour.
August 30, 2017 - With more volts than ever in electric vehicles (EVs) and solar-panelled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL in the U.S.) are addressing this challenge with the development of a probe to accurately detect direct current (DC) energy.
August 11, 2017 - Last month, a contractor was sentenced in a Burlington, Ont., court to five days in jail and ordered to pay $40,000 in fines (plus a 25% victim fine surcharge) for doing electrical work illegally.
June 29, 2017* - At the National Academy of Construction’s annual meeting this fall, a collaborative workshop will be held between NAC and the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee (Construction Subcommittee) with the aim of reducing electrical injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.
July 18, 2017 - Believe it or not, there hasn’t been a lost-time injury at Nova Scotia Power’s Milton Heavy Maintenance Shop since June 27, 1977. Congratulations!
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”.
September 12, 2016 - Did you know the original health and safety management system standard was the British BS OHSAS 18001? This was the precursor to not only CAN/CSA-Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management” but also ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z10 “Occupational health & safety management systems”, which is used in the United States.
July 7, 2016 - To ensure electrical safety is being observed on the jobsite, it is imperative for supervisors and managers to regularly get in the field and make comprehensive observations and perform audits.
June 29, 2017 - Both Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC are reporting a recall involving Home Decorators Collection 3-light and 4-light Comotti vanity fixtures due to burn and laceration hazards.
June 7, 2017 - In a joint recall with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nidec Motor Corp. is recalling certain variable-speed swimming pool motors with a programmable user interface on the top because the pump control cover may not be properly grounded, posing an electrical shock hazard.
June 7, 2017 - Lithonia Lighting (a division of Acuity Brands Lighting Inc.) has received six (6) reports of the lens used on the LBL4W LED fixture manufactured between February 2016 and March 2017 detaching from the fixture and becoming loose or falling.
May 29, 2017 - FLIR Commercial Systems Inc. is recalling certain models of Extech digital clamp meters that may fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard.
May 1, 2017 - Rona Inc. is voluntarily recalling Uberhaus brand ceiling fans bearing model number SW52-SN-R5W1 (or product number 89325003), Health Canada has announced, due to a manufacturing defect that could lead to a fire.
April 20, 2017 - Bosch Solar Services is replacing all roof-mounted Bosch c-Si 60 NA30119 solar modules currently installed in Canada and the U.S. as part of a voluntary recall.
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.
August 30,2017 - Intertek issued a warning over a James Industry Group LLC direct replacement LED tube, which bears an unauthorized Intertek Recognized Component Certification Mark for Canada and the United States.
June 29, 2017 - In consultation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding warnings and instructions for its M18 high-demand 9.0 battery pack (No. 48-11-1890) to address situations that could lead to pack failure and/or other safety hazards.
June 21, 2017 - UL has identified an LED driver—which may have been sold separately or packaged with an LED light kit—bearing a counterfeit UL Mark.
June 20, 2017 - Intertek is warning the market that its Authorization to Mark (ATM) for flat-plate photovoltaic modules (Ref. SH11031298-001) dated August 16, 2011, is invalid and, in fact, has been determined to be counterfeit.
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.
April 7, 2017 - Noark Electric, a low-voltage electrical product manufacturer, has a new range of definite purpose contactors: the Ex9CKT Series DP contactors. Available in 20-40A range in 3- and 4-pole configurations, the Ex9CKT Series features an industry standard mounting plate with accessible mounting holes.
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”.
November 29, 2016 - MSA Safety’s Latchways Mini personal fall limiter (PFL) for fall protection is now available in single and twin-leg tie-back versions.
November 25, 2016 - Eaton says its new 2016 arc flash relay system “helps improve worker safety and maximize electrical assembly uptime by quickly clearing arc flash events”.

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