Safety News
June 10, 2014 - Andrew Gallino of Gallino Contracting was recently found guilty in an Ontario court on one count of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence, and one count of advertising electrical services without that licence.
May 12, 2014 - How many hours do you work before you are owed overtime? Is it ever too hot or too cold to work outside? Alberta’s new Work Right campaign poses questions like these and invites employers and workers to find out more about workplace rules.
May 13, 2014 - To raise awareness of safety hazards involving overhead and underground powerlines, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has created the Powerline Deadly Dozen—a web-based, mobile-friendly game where participants go over fictional case files featuring realistic images, videos—as well as police reports with victim and witness statements—to answer the question “What happened?”.
May 6, 2014 - A general contractor and a licensed electrical contractor have both been convicted and fined for illegal electrical work done in several Ontario schools in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas.
April 29, 2014 - Following injuries to seven workers at Cooper Power Systems LLC—including chemical burns to the skin and irritation to respiratory tracts requiring urgent medical treatment—the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for six violations, including two willful violations.
April 25, 2014 - NB Power’s Coleson Cove Generating Station marked a significant safety achievement this week: employees have worked 2 million person-hours with no lost-time injuries. Congratulations!
April 24, 2013 - When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by operators, explain physicists at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), adding that, in the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission products was missing... until now.
(UPDATED April 23, 2014, spelling correction... Thanks Ian!) April 17, 2014 - Diversified global manufacturing company Linamar Corp. dba Vehcom Manufacturing pleaded guilty and received a fine of $100,000 after a worker was burned via an exposed power terminal.
The nearly 18-minute-long video is a of press conference held April 1, 2014 by Frank Clegg, C4ST’s CEO, responding to RSC’s Safety Code 6 Review.April 4, 2014 - Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) says it is disappointed with the 164-page results of a Royal Society of Canada (RSC) review (download full report below) of Health Canada’s wireless radiation regulation, Safety Code 6 (SC6), and the potential health risks of radiofrequency fields from wireless telecom devices.
April 2, 2014 - Schneider Electric and the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC)—an Interpol initiative in cooperation with UL—launched what they say is the first course developed by a brand owner as part of the college’s private sector anti-counterfeiting curriculum.
April 2, 2014 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the States is issuing a FINAL RULE (download below) that aims to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.
March 27, 2014 - New protections will soon be in place to increase the safety and health of new workers and those in high-risk occupations—along with stronger penalties for employers who are found to put workers’ safety at risk—said Manitoba’s labour and immigration minister, Erna Braun.
March 24, 2014 - You’d better hurry, as the Call for Presenters for the 2015 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop closes April 1, 2014. Take a moment to consider contributing your knowledge, talent and leadership to the workshop—being held January 26-30 in Louisville, Ky.—where everyone is a ‘participant’ rather than an ‘attendee’. Here’s how...
March 8, 2014 - In light of accident data pointing to electrocutions as one of the largest causes of AWP-related fatalities in the United States, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has called on aerial work platform (AWP) operators and managers to always be aware of—and keep safe distances from—powerlines.
March 7, 2014 - In a brazen act that us asking, “What they [expletive] were they thinking?”, the 5700 block of Production Way in Langley, B.C., looked like a war zone, as a BC Hydro crew and the RCMP investigated a copper wire heist that involved two powerline poles being chopped down, and three attached electrical transformers being opened and their contents stolen, along with the connecting cables.
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