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Meet Washington, D.C. NECA’s New Safety Director: Q&A with Jerry Rivera

Jerry Rivera
Jerry Rivera, Washington, D.C. NECA Chapter Safety Director

EA: What are you excited to do as safety director of the Washington, D.C. NECA Chapter?

JR: I’m excited at the opportunity of inspiring, motivating and engaging our chapter members in the architectural alignment of safety into the installation process. Electrical contractors are competitive by nature, and what better area by which to compete is there than enhancing safety related work practices that improve quality and productivity? There is a lot of opportunity for growth in the electrical industry and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Is Your Electrical Contractor Up-to-Date on the Revised NFPA-70E?

Reducing the risk of electrical hazards in the workplace

By Vince Miller, CSP, safety director at Washington, DC Chapter of NECA

Safety standards are vital to the industry’s success and help owners sustain and grow their businesses. The NFPA-70E : Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace are the requirements to ensure a safe workplace for personnel who are working around possible electrical hazards. This past fall the requirements were updated to include detailed tables for arc flash hazard identification and arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE) categories.

Safety First – How to Avoid on-the-Job Injury

Electrical Safety Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean that these 11 safety tips are old news.

The month of May was Electrical Safety Month, but each day everyone on the job site is at risk of serious injury or even death.  Electrocution is the third leading cause of worker-related death for the construction industry and according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, there have been over 30,000 workers injured in electrical accidents within the last 10 years.

Happy Holidays from the Electrical Alliance

The Electrical Alliance sends the best wishes of safety, health, and happiness to you during the holiday season and to the New Year.

While the holiday season brings much joy, it is also unfortunately a common time for home fires and electrical mishaps. Use these electrical holiday safety tips to keep this time of year accident-free:

Safety Training Supports Local Construction Industry

The Electrical Alliance delivers clarity on standards to some of the area’s largest companies; has upcoming session

The Electrical Alliance is keeping safety a priority in the local construction industry by presenting the latest NFPA 70E trainings to some of the area’s largest companies.

The Electrical Alliance is a cooperative effort between the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26. It provides a three- or five-year accredited telecommunications or electric apprenticeship, and continuing for experienced journeyman electricians through its Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Vince Miller, Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA safety director and certified safety professional (CSP), recently presented two 70E training sessions for James G. Davis Construction (Davis) and Hitt Contracting.  He also provided Lockout-Tagout orientation to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Electrical Contractors 2012 Safety Resolution: Review, Refresh, Renew, Reduce

For most, safety is a guiding principle. For contractors of the Electrical Alliance, a cooperative effort between the Washington, DC Chapter of NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26, safety extends well beyond the immediate scope. It’s the guiding principle in a personal, work and post-work environment.

Accidents involving improper electrical maintenance, mechanical failures, falling and aerial lift mishaps can unfortunately happen all too easily. Research from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) found that from 2003-2009, worker contact with electrical currents was responsible for 1,573 fatal workplace accidents, 772 in the construction industry alone.* Contact with overhead power lines; contact with wiring, transformers, or other electrical components; and contact with electric current from machines, tools, appliance or light fixtures, are the top three categories responsible for on-the-job electrical death.

Because of this, Andrew Porter, executive director of the Washington D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) operates under the “tell them, tell them again, and then tell them what we told them” principle concerning safety. Porter said, “These findings emphasize the extreme value of proper safety practices that start personally with correct safety knowledge, and are continuously encouraged by supervisors.”