Tag Archives: safety

HH: Avoiding Fire Ants

Potentially fatal stings can be doubly dangerous after severe flooding Another danger stemming from floodwaters is a threat from fire ants. These pests, already terribly familiar to many industrial workers in the Southeast and Texas regions for their ability to destroy electrical equipment, become especially problematic during a flood as they form their own floating […]

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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press. Such storage practices are […]

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Nightmare Scenario in Oakland

Last weekend’s lethal warehouse fire in Oakland, which killed 36 people, is yet another reminder of the severity of electrical fires and the need to take safety measures, for those within the industry and outside of it. While nothing has been confirmed yet, all signs point towards the cause of last Saturday’s fire in Oakland being electrical. […]

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OSHA’s Annual “Not Top 10”

Much of the same in 2016’s most frequently cited safety and health violations As odd as it may sound, OSHA would probably like to see this list change. At least, if that change were due to certain injuries decreasing in frequency (and thus falling off the list), not new kinds of injuries overtaking them.  Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary […]

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Factory Fire

Workers at metal components plant stave off blaze, avoid injury Workers at a Pennsylvania plant that manufactures mechanical and hydraulic parts kept their cool under fire on Tuesday, as they used fire extinguishers and followed safety protocols to stave off a fire while they waited for the fire department to arrive. A sigh of relief […]

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A Safety Reminder…from the rarest of places

It’s elementary knowledge that water and electricity do not mix. Remember your mother or teacher being on top of this automatically? Most of us recall this rule as one of the precautions taught to children as early as possible to avoid risk, regardless of whether they are using electrical equipment. Evidently, the musical stylings of […]

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Collect to compete- HVAC guys round up the mercury

Mercury is officially in retrograde- at least within the HVAC/HVACR industry. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation recently reported a 13% increase in collections of mercury-based thermometers over the past year. The TRC accredits a large portion of this effort to distributors and contractors in the HVAC industry, who are the main supporters of the Alexandria, Virginia-based […]

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