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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, March 04, 2013

Arc Flash News Briefs

Two Electricians Remain Critical After San Jose fire

An article in the San Jose Mercury News By John Woolfolk ( reports that two electricians were badly burned in a weekend industrial accident a week ago. They were still in critical condition last Wednesday.

San Jose Fire Capt. Rob Brown said the cause of the fire at an industrial building at 71 Daggett Drive remained under investigation. Authorities have not identified the injured electricians, but Brown said one suffered burns over 65 percent of his body and the other over about 30 percent of his body and that both remained in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's burn unit.

The men were working on an electrical panel when it flashed or exploded about 9 a.m., severely burning them. There were no other injuries or damage to the rest of the property.

Read the San Jose Mercury News article here.

NIOSH Arc Flash Safety Video Available Free

A 25 minute video produced by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is available online on the MSHA web site at no charge. View the video here:

The video features interviews with survivors of arc flash accidents.  They describe what happened during the accident, their injuries and their recovery.

Virginia Department of Mines Arc Flash Safety Presentation Available

A Power Point presentation on arc flash safety, created by the Virginia Depart of Mines, is available online at:,blast.pdf

You may use this presentation, or parts of it, for your training.

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posted by Steve Hudgik | This Arc Flash Post and 1 Comments |


At 6:43 AM, Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Concerning the Virginia Department of Mines power point: I received a comment via email that provided some important information:

"There is errors in the PPT training. Work is allowed above 40 cal/cm2, just greater emphasis is required and arc flash suits are available up to 140 cal/cm2. I find this all the time in industy training, information not 100 correct and a company because of that will negatively impact their operations."


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