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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Follow the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

This electrical safety article published by the UAW makes some good points about arc flash and NFPA 70E. The article opens by reporting:

"The UAW’s Health and Safety Department keeps track of workplace injuries and fatalities to members and the list is painful to read. Some examples: A 27-year-old electrician was electrocuted in 1983 when working on a live circuit that was not locked out. A 56-year-old electrician was killed in 1993 after coming in contact with a live 440-volt circuit. A 42-year-old electrician was killed in 1983 after being burned in a buss duct electrical explosion."

The article provides a summary of NFPA 70E. It also provides some useful details, such as the minimum air insulation distances required to avoid flashover.

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