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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 […]

Working on Platforms

Working on Platforms

Electricians, especially those working in industrial environments, often work from platforms. These include mobile ones like scissor lifts and stationary ones like mezzanines. One danger that arises is people walking below can be injured by something that falls off the platform. It’s easy enough to drop something (which is why you bring spares, right?). But […]

Always Have The Safety Attitude

Always Have The Safety Attitude

Suppose you’re at home, and you see a lawn care service at your neighbor’s place. From inside your house, you hear the whine of the leafblower. What do you do? Ignore the work being done, as it’s not your lawn. Go outside and watch. Look through your window to see if that worker is wearing […]