We bring you the latest news from the healthcare about the health care in the United Kingdom. Do your have news for us? Contact the editor. Watch also this special movie.

donderdag 17 augustus 2017

A Grounded Approach To Arc Flash Analysis -Back With New Downloads!

 

A Grounded Approach To Arc Flash Analysis - By Facility Results
Featured Article Electrical Product And Solutions

August 9, 2017 - Over 1.5M In OSHA Fines For Great White Construction Inc.
Over A Dozen Investigations Since 2012
August 9, 2017
ST. Augustine, FL

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited a North Florida roofing contractor for failing to protect its workers from the risks of dangerous falls and other hazards at two St. Augustine work sites.
 
On Feb. 3, 2017, an OSHA inspector observed employees - without the use of proper fall protection - removing shingles and plywood sheeting from the roof of a multi-story residential structure in the city's Crescent Beach area. Although the employees wore harnesses, they were not tied off to the rope grabs and roof anchors.  
 
After noticing other Great White employees working under similar conditions at a nearby site, a second inspection was initiated immediately as part of OSHA's regional enforcement program for falls in construction.
 
OSHA cited Great White Construction Inc., based in Jacksonville, with 14 violations and proposed penalties totaling $1,523,710. Given the employer's extensive prior history of violations and OSHA's egregious citation policy, the agency issued 11 separate willful citations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. OSHA also cited the company for three repeat violations for failing to ensure employees used eye protection while operating nail guns and for ladders used to access roof sites, again exposing employees to fall hazards.
 
"In the past five years, Great White Construction's series of willful, serious, and repeat violations has demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees," said OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer. "The company allowed their employees to work without fall protection and made no reasonable effort to eliminate the hazard."
 
As a result of these investigations and citations, Great White is now in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program due to high-gravity willful, egregious violations related to fall hazards.
 
OSHA has investigated Great White 12 times since 2012, and issued 22 citations related to improper fall protection, ladder safety, and eye protection.
 
Great White specializes in residential and commercial roofing. The company's workforce consists of approximately 150 employees
 
Proposed penalties:  $1,523,710
 
On-Site Safety Training Is What We Do



Trainee Electrician Awarded $30,000 Reparation After Substation 'FlashOver'
August 10, 2017 
Courtesy of Stuff 
 
Jay House's employer Northpower, and Wellington Electricity Lines Limited, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to a serious accident in Karori in 2014.
 
A trainee electrician thought his life was over when a metal plate fell across live equipment at a Karori substation.
 
It created an electrical short and what is known as a flashover, or arc flash, as ageing equipment was being decommissioned at Old Karori Rd substation on May 27, 2014, leaving Jay House with second-degree burns.
 
 
The heat was so severe that the trackpants he was wearing melted off his legs.
 
Chief District Court judge Jan-Marie Doogue sentenced Wellington Electricity and Northpower in the Wellington District Court for their part in the substation accident.
 
After his employer, Northpower, and Wellington Electricity Lines Limited (WEL) were fined in the Wellington District Court on Thursday, he said: "I pulled the transformer off the panel and all I could hear was myself screaming and the flames and the arc flash.
 
"All I could feel was intense heat and there was me, running for my life."
 
Wellington Electricity chief executive Greg Skelton says the company has accepted responsibility for its part in the incident and has apologized to House.
 
The two companies admitted intentionally or negligently causing or permitting work to be done in a manner dangerous to life.
WorkSafe laid charges under section 163D of the Electricity Act, with Judge Jan-Marie Doogue choosing to fine Northpower $30,000 and WEL $26,000 at the Wellington District Court on Thursday.
 
House was paid $20,000 in reparations after a restorative justice meeting earlier this year. However, the judge increased this in court to include additional reparation of $6000 and $4030.
 
WorkSafe chief inspector Keith Stewart says incidents like the Karori substation "flashover" should not happen.
 
House, who was 20 at the time, delivered an emotional victim impact statement, outlining the immense physical and psychological cost of the incident which occurred while under supervision.
 
After spending about two weeks in hospital and having several months off work, he said it took "almost a full year" before he had physically recovered from serious burns to his face, buttocks and upper thighs.
 
House found simple tasks like walking and sitting painful, and he was forced to undergo skin grafts and wear compression clothing.
 
The trauma of the accident meant he suffered frequent panic attacks.
 
House told the court he collapsed while listening to an ex-rugby player speak about his involvement in a serious motorbike crash.
 
"As he described his crash and went into details about injuries to his legs, I was very badly affected as my accident came to mind and I passed out in shock," House said.
 
Just months ago, the attacks were happening "virtually on a daily basis" and included symptoms like tightening of the chest, cold sweats and shooting pains throughout his body.
 
Despite the hurdles, House was on the cusp of becoming a qualified electrician.
 
"I, personally, don't put the blame on the higher up [people at] Northpower. It was a shit thing that happened. You've just got to move on from it."
 
In a statement, WEL accepted the substation should have been "de-energized" before work began and the work plan should have been approved by a qualified person.
 
"The company accepts responsibility for its part in the incident and extends its sincere apologies to Mr. House," WEL chief executive Greg Skelton said.
 
WorkSafe chief inspector Keith Stewart said both companies failed to "adequately assess and control the risks of working near live electricity".
"Incidents such as this should not happen."
 
"Working near live components is a well-known hazard in the industry, and risks should be appropriately managed to protect the workers."
 
We Can Service All Your Needs On Time And On Budget
 
 
DTE Contractor Killed In Accident
July 19, 2017   
Courtesy of Detroit News
 
A DTE Energy contractor was killed in an accident Wednesday morning while working in Romulus.  The fatality involved a contract line worker for Asplundh Construction Co. and DTE is investigating the cause of the accident.
 
Randi Berris, DTE manager of communications said the worker was not a DTE employee, but part of a contracted team. Berris said she is unsure if the worker's family has been notified and no further information will be released until then.
 
 
 
Romulus Police Department said no information is available yet on the worker, where the accident took place, cause or other injuries.
 
DTE released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying:
 
"We were saddened to learn of a tragic accident Wednesday morning involving a line worker for one of our contractors working in Romulus. The safety of our employees - including our supplier family - is our No. 1 priority at all times.  We are working with local authorities to investigate the cause of the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the worker's family and co-workers during this extremely difficult time." 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Got Labels?



Start The New Year Compliant  -On-Site Safety Training Is What We Do



Do You Have A Written Electrical Safety Program?
 
 
Download FlashTrack Process Comparison - See For Yourself 
 
 

The world's best arc flash data collection software just got better.

Not only is it easy to collect your data, but now you can view it virtually anywhere on any connected device.

 Imagine the possibilities!



Facility Results has launched a new website dedicated to providing full documentation, tutorials and knowledge base for FlashTrack.   

This website is designed for the user to "meet" FlashTrack. 
To Learn More Go To
Top Product For The Third Consecutive Year Is FlashTrack 

 FlashTrack™ Arc Flash Data Collection Software


FlashTrack's™ simple, drag-n-drop interface is one of its biggest selling points. Couple that with the tool's intuitive, drop-down menus, convenient component libraries, and keyboard shortcuts, and you'll be up and running with FlashTrack in minutes!
 
FlashTrack™ is an award winning data collection software tool. FlashTrack™ was developed for the purpose of collecting the required equipment attributes that are needed to conduct an arc flash analysis. These same attributes can be used to complete a coordination study or short circuit analysis. FlashTrack™ allows the qualified data collector to model equipment relationships using a drag-n-drop interface. FlashTrack™ is used to catalog the attributes in the format of a single-line diagram. FlashTrack™ exports the completed files to an Excel file (.xls) or CSV file and produces a "Label Installation Report" containing the location of each item that requires a label to be installed. This report can have up to 4 photographs per item for easier item location. The label installation report will save you time and money and eliminate frustration when locating each piece of equipment.

 

What OSHA Says About Protecting Workers From Electrical Flames and Arc Hazards

What OSHA says about protecting workers from Electrical Flames and Electrical Arc Hazards:
  • The employer must assess the workplace to identify workers exposed to flame or electric-arc-hazard.
  • No later than January 1, 2015, employers must estate the incident heat energy of electric-arc hazard to which a worker would be exposed.
  • No later than April 1, 2015, employers generally must provide workers exposed to hazards from electric-arc with protective clothing and other protective equipment with an arc rating greater than or equal to the estimated heat energy.

Facility Results has several programs that can be implemented in as little as one week for most average size facilities.  
Call us today so we can help you become compliant

 

Free Download

FlashTrack™ Arc Flash Data Collection Software



FlashTrack's™ simple, drag-n-drop interface is one of its biggest selling points. Couple that with the tool's intuitive, drop-down menus, convenient component libraries, and keyboard shortcuts, and you'll be up and running with FlashTrack in minutes!

FlashTrack™ is an award winning data collection software tool. FlashTrack™ was developed for the purpose of collecting the required equipment attributes that are needed to conduct an arc flash analysis. These same attributes can be used to complete a coordination study or short circuit analysis. FlashTrack™ allows the qualified data collector to model equipment relationships using a drag-n-drop interface. FlashTrack™ is used to catalog the attributes in the format of a single-line diagram. FlashTrack™ exports the completed files to an Excel file (.xls) or CSV file and produces a "Label Installation Report" containing the location of each item that requires a label to be installed. This report can have up to 4 photographs per item for easier item location. The label installation report will save you time and money and eliminate frustration when locating each piece of equipment.


Other Popular Downloads, Posters, & Safety Tools FREE


I DON'T ALWAYS WORK HOT   
A Lock & Key   Caution