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Struck from Above

Struck from Above

Usually, the emphasis in safety practices is on protecting ourselves. But what about other people, such as those working below you while you’re on an elevated platform? Follow these tips to keep coworkers safe: Unless it’s impractical to do so, rope off the area under your elevated platform. Use red tape to announce it’s a […]

Retrofit Factors for Contractors, Part 3

Retrofit Factors for Contractors, Part 3

How can you help your customer decide on the best choice for a lighting retrofit project? As we discussed in Part 2, you need to get the customer into a dialogue about the problems the retrofit can solve. You need to probe for what those problems are. But don’t be thinking of what you can […]

Fall Protection, Part 4

Fall Protection, Part 4

Rock climbers inspect their safety gear before each ascent, even if it’s the sixth one that day. Doing the inspection each time eliminates the risk of using damaged gear. Before you make a given climb at work, always inspect your safety harness and lanyard for damage to stitches or the fiber, and check grommets and […]

Electric Signs and Lighting, Part 5

Electric Signs and Lighting, Part 5

In many Chapter Six articles, grounding and bonding requirements [600.7] are near the end (almost as an afterthought). But in Article 600, they’re close to the beginning. And they are extensive, relative to the size of the article. It makes sense that these requirements have such emphasis, considering the extra danger that sign locations typically […]

Motor Controllers, Part 5

Motor Controllers, Part 5

In Part 4, we looked at two of the four methods for determining the correct rating for a motor controller. The third method is one you can use for stationary motors of 2HP or less and 300V or less [430.83(C)]. You can use a general use switch or a general use snap switch to control […]