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Jul 17, 2018
IN THIS EDITION: Workforce Policy IEC Participates in Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus Roundtable Perkins Legislation Advances in the Senate Labor Policy More Threatening Labor Legislation Introduced Supreme Court Rules Against Public Sector Unions Political Education Fund “College Night” at the IEC Convention

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  • Jul 11, 2018
    Electrical Construction and Maintenance Power management company Eaton has issued a product safety bulletin for certain Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches intended for use in heavy commercial, utility, and industrial applications. The safety switches referenced in the bulletin can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.
  • Jun 20, 2018
    As the temperatures heat up, it’s time to review your warm weather safety standards for your electrical crew. While it’s important to stay on track while on working on projects or completing service calls for customers, you have a responsibility to protect your workers from exposure to temperature extremes. OSHA makes it easy for you to remember your responsibilities in this area, which come down to the organization’s three chosen keywords: Water, Rest, and Shade.
  • Jun 15, 2018
    Bradford Wills June 11, 2018 Each year, arc faults are responsible for more than 28,000 home fires, injuring or killing hundreds of people and causing more than $700 million in property damage1. Yet, arc fault circuit protection is still only mandated for 70 percent of a home’s electrical circuits. To get closer to 100 percent protection, consumers need to demand it, and electrical contractors need to get on board.
  • Jun 6, 2018
    Good safety practice requires that workers take responsibility for their own safety and that of their co-workers. But it’s also important that organizations empower them to do so.
  • May 23, 2018
    Organizations need to adapt and understand what millennials want in a work environment. Andrea Olson, Pragmadik 05/21/2018 There’s one question that is frequently asked about millennials: Why do they move from city to city and change jobs every few years? Everyone has their theory. Some people blame it on youth, the lack of attention spans due to social media, unrealistic expectations and dissatisfaction with not advancing in an organization fast enough, or to gain new experiences. There’s no question these are influential factors, but inherently, there’s one underlying reason.
  • May 16, 2018
    If you’ve never seen an arc flash firsthand, you may not realize just how destructive they can be. An arc flash can cause significant damage to electrical systems, start fires and cause injuries or even deaths. You don’t even have to be caught by the arc itself for this to occur; damage radiates out from the arc, and the air surrounding an arc flash can become as hot as the surface of the sun!
  • May 2, 2018
    Schneider Electric has recalled about 1,079,000 units of the Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R Safety Switches because the power can stay on when the safety switch handle is in the “OFF” position, posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.
  • Apr 18, 2018
    As more long-term homeowners make the decision to stick with the home they have, they are undertaking larger-scale remodeling projects, such as complete room renovations or additions.
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