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Company cited by OSHA for lamp ballast incident

According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), changing a ballast in a 277 volt circuit is the #1 cause of electrocutions for IBEW trained electricians. The combination of the shock and fall can result in serious injure/death. OSHA … Continue reading

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Arc-Rated Clothing – laundering practices

A common question is raised during my NFPA 70E electrical safety courses: what precautions are necessary for laundering arc-rated garments. A few suggestions: 1. Always follow manufacturer recommendations. 2. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. 3. Do not use … Continue reading

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FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently placed new regulations into effect regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – sometimes referred to as drones. Below is a summary of key points of the new regulation. What is an unmanned … Continue reading

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OSHA Recordkeeping Standard and post-incident drug testing

I recently had a question concerning OSHA’s Recordkeeping standard with respect to employee injury reporting and discrimination by drug testing. Federal OSHA states the following: “The rule does not prohibit drug testing of employees. It only prohibits employers from using … Continue reading

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Race Report – 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

I completed the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon with one year of training. It was a great experience. Alcatraz is an iconic race – swimming 1.5 miles in frigid waters from Alcatraz to shore; bicycling 18 miles up the steep … Continue reading

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UNC Worker burned in electrical incident: January 20, 2016

On January 20, 2016 a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employee was burned in an electrical incident and transported to the hospital. Click here for more details. Do your electrical employees wear arc-rated clothing to protect them in … Continue reading

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Lepera + Associates, PC renews Sponshorship agreement for 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

I am very pleased to announce Lepera + Associates, PC  has agreed to renew their sponsorship agreement as I prepare for the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. I completed Escape from Alcatraz in 2015 — this will be my second time … Continue reading

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PPD Beach 2 Battleship 70.3 Triathlon: Race Report

After completing the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, I had several people ask me about my future triathlon plans. Training for Alcatraz was a challenge – a monumental swim in the frigid San Francisco Bay, followed by an 18 mile … Continue reading

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Robot kills worker at Volkswagen plant (July 1, 2015)

This incident emphasizes the need to enforce safe work practices for employees entering robot cells to perform setup type activities. A risk assessment for each robot cell should be performed according to the recommendations specified in ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012: Industrial Robots … Continue reading

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My 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon experience

My 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Experience In June of 2014 I read an article about triathlons. I’ve been physically active all of my life so this sounded like a great way to exercise with a specific goal – completing … Continue reading

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