Safety News
September 25, 2015 - Whether in the home or out in the community, electrical safety is top of mind, says Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) as it recognized three organizations for their “commitment keeping communities safe from electrical fatalities, serious injuries, damage or loss”.
September 15, 2015 - Powerline Plus Ltd.—an overhead and underground utility contractor—has pleaded guilty and been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off.
September 11, 2015 - Milliken & Company has acquired Springfield LLC, a manufacturer of technical, performance and flame resistant (FR) fabrics for the safety apparel, fire service, military and occupational markets. Springfield is based in Jericho, New York with offices in Rock Hill and manufacturing facilities in Gaffney and Lyman, South Carolina.
August 12, 2015 - Following the death of a 40-year-old crane operator in May 2015 at a wind energy site, Wanzek Construction of Nebraska (headquartered in North Dakota) was issued a serious safety violation for exposing workers to struck-by hazards.
August 6, 2015 - Matheson Constructors Ltd. and two supervisors have pleaded guilty and have been fined a total of $133,000 after a fall at a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) garage in which one worker died and another suffered broken bones.
July 30, 2015 -  BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has opened the call for nominations for the Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards 2015, which include a category for Excellence in Electrical Safety.
June 3, 2015 - Bluewater Power Distribution Corp., the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton area of Ontario, has been fined $120,000 in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing repair work following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
May 27, 2015 - Horizon Utilities Corp., which provides electricity to customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., recently took home the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President’s Award for reaching a safety milestone: 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury.
May 22, 2015 - A propane gas facility in Fort Worth, Texas has been slapped with a $114,000 fine after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
May 21, 2015 - A 31-year-old assembly technician was working with a battery charger manufacturer for about a month when he was fatally electrocuted in November 2014 while testing transformers.
May 11, 2015 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has set aside this week—May 11 to 17, 2015—as Powerline Awareness Week, and is asking Ontarians to #RespectThePower by staying clear of overhead and underground powerlines.
May 7, 2015 - An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell, N.Y. was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane on October 16, 2014, when an ungrounded electrical conductor touched a grounded surface, causing an arc flash, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face.
May 6, 2015 - An unlicensed contractor has been convicted for the third time since January 2015 and received fines totaling $10,000 on charges relating to working without an electrical contractor's licence. Paul Mullen, who owns and operates Total Generator, pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on Apr. 13, 2015 to allowing an unlicensed individual to perform electrical work.
May 5, 2015 - The ATCO Energy Theatre is on the road again this month with a new safety performance—“Power Team: Origin of Power Woman”—with the aim of getting students “giggling and singing” while learning to be safe around electricity and natural gas.
May 1, 2015 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released its 2014 State of Safety Report, which also includes information on as-found hazards—conditions observed by BCSA officers during physical assessments “where intrinsic hazards are not suitably controlled”.

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