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Protecting Your Back, Part 3

Protecting Your Back, Part 3

How much can you safely lift? The wrong answer to this question has caused a lot of back pain. Under ideal conditions, a male electrician in good physical condition can safely lift a box weighing half his lean body weight from ground to chest. Two problems with this concept are determining your lean body weight […]

Protecting Your Back, Part 2

Protecting Your Back, Part 2

Back pain is miserable and often debilitating. A little assessment upfront can prevent back pain later. Assess the following: Is it an awkward size? Then unless it’s really light, ask someone to help you lift it. If that light load is a big panel and you’re outdoors, it can act like a sail and the […]

Protecting Your Back, Part 1

Protecting Your Back, Part 1

Back pain can be very miserable and is often debilitating. Proper lifting technique alone doesn’t protect against back pain. Chronic poor posture, for example, guarantees you will have back pain. A typical cause of back pain is when some small bones of the spine move from their normal position, thus creating painful pressure on the […]

Solving Solvents

Solving Solvents

Over the course of your career, you may work with a variety of solvents. You might use them for anything from cleaning contacts to touching up enclosures. Sometimes, the safety rules for a particular solvent can be surprising. A small electrical firm won the bid to upgrade the exterior electrical work on a multi-family residential […]

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

You’ve probably seen the magazine, “Good Housekeeping.” But do you implement the concept in your daily work? Good housekeeping on the job is one of the easiest ways to improve work quality, improve job efficiency, reduce callbacks, and present a good image to the customer. And, oh, yeah, it’s a key factor in providing a […]