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Getting Electrically Safe

Is your facility in compliance with OSHA Arc Flash Safety Requirements and NFPA -70E

  • Do you have an accurate electrical system one line of your facility? 
  • Have you added any new electrical panels to your facility and are they on your one line drawing?  
  • Are all of  your electrical panels labeled with arc flash thermal values in (calores/centimerter squared) and have you established where your Arc Flash Boundary is and have you marked this location  to be compliant with these requirements? 
  • Do you have all of the information on any motor control centers within your facility including the size of the all of the motors, all motor locations shown on your system one-line, and motor code/type of all of the the larger motors ? 
  • Do you have any on site emergency generators at your facility ?  
  • Do you have the OEM information on these emergency generators? 
  • Do you have the  conductor size and length of all feeders on your one line ?  
  • Do you know which electrical utility provides service to your facility?  
  • Do you have a point of contact at the electrical utility that serves your facility that can provide engineering information with regard to details of the electrical circuit that serves your facility such as transformer size and impedence, service conductor information such size/length/ of the conductor, conductor material, and details of the first upstream utility protective device, as well as available fault current for both line to line and line to ground faults at the utility protective device, and the protective device settings
  • Do you have conductor information including length and size of all primary utility feeder conductors?
  • Do you know if any of your electrical panels are arc flash resistant?  

Does your company have a safe electrical work place ?

  • Do you preform a job safety analysis for all jobs in the workplace, whether the job task is tasked special (non-routine) or routine ?
  • Is your lockout/ tagout procedures used for machinery deactivation during maintenance outages and are these documented and up to date?
  • Does senior management get notified what your electricians are working on energized panels and have they signed off?
  • Are your electrical panels properly labels with boundary requirements and PPE levels when working energized equipment?
  • Have you developed periodic maintenance checks on your electrical system? 
  • Have all your electricians been trained on your safety procedures and obtained certification as being qualified to perform the required tasks and is there corresponding training and certification documentation ?
  • When was the last time your electricians were   trained on electrical safety procedures.
  • Have you trained managers and the balance of your employees?
  • Do you have accurate and up to date Standard Operating Procedures?
  • Do you know where the closest burn center is?
  • These are only a small sample of questions that should be asked when writing an electrical safety standard.        

We see this every day

Arc Flash Accident

 A 58-year-old man was seriously burned and two other men suffered minor injuries in an electrical explosion at a Hauppauge, N.Y., hotel earlier this week. The chief engineer at the Hyatt Regency was working on an electrical panel when an arc flash occurred, according to report from the Hauppage Patch.Vincent Papa suffered second and third degree burns to over 63% of his body and was transported to the hospital. His injuries are considered serious but non-life threatening. Two other people suffered minor burns. Pablo Merino, 41, sustained burns to his head and hands, and Jose Mortello, 54, suffered burns to his face. 

OSHA Fines

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited NN Metal Stampings, Inc. for nine serious and two other-than-serious safety violations. OSHA initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the Pioneer, Ohio, company that stamps metal parts for the automotive and appliance industry. The agency's August 2016 inspection found the company: • Failed to provide adequate personal protective equipment for workers performing electrical work. • Violated electrical safe work practices. • Exposed workers to operating parts of machinery because parts were not locked out during service and maintenance and employees were not properly trained on machine safety procedures. • Did not develop safety procedures for die setting, mechanical power presses and other machinery. • Failed to inspect fork trucks prior to each use and re-evaluate operators at least every three years. "Each year hundreds of workers are injured because employers fail to implement machine safety procedures and train workers to safely perform their jobs," said Joe Margetiak, acting area director of OSHA's Toledo office. "NN Metal Stampings needs to immediately review their safety and health management system and training procedures to protect workers on the job."  OSHA has proposed a penalty of $77,322.  


 A Pasadena-based law firm has won a verdict against Qualcomm, the global semiconductor and telecommunications giant and one of San Diego’s largest employers. Qualcomm will pay $7.1 million to a man who suffered severe burns in 2013 while inspecting electrical equipment at the company’s San Diego headquarters. That verdict was handed down on Feb. 10 by a trial jury in San Diego. The plaintiff, Martin Sandoval, was represented by attorneys Dan Powell and Michael O’Connor of Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell.QC makes its own electricity. It uses a switchgear system to control, protect, and isolate electrical equipment. According to court records, ROS Electrical Supply & Equipment Company, based in Pico Rivera, was contracted to inspect Qualcomm’s switchgear system for an upgrade. On August 3, 2013, Martin Sandoval of Ros Electrical arrived at Qualcomm to conduct that inspection. Sandoval was badly burned in an arc flash fire from a live circuit breaker that was left on during the inspection, according to court records.Important information in the case only recently became available after Qualcomm laid off more than 1,300 employees from its San Diego headquarters in November. Although Qualcomm had denied responsibility for safety during the 2013 inspection, three former Qualcomm employees came forward to make statements after the November 20 layoffs, according to court records. As Qualcomm employees, a litigation hold had previously prevented them from speaking about the 2013 incident, according to court records.Also according to court records, Brian Higuera, who had been a Qualcomm supervisor in charge of the switchgear, stated that because he could not be at work on August 3, 2013, he recommended not going forward with the inspection – for safety reasons – to a Qualcomm senior facilities manager, Kirk Redding. Redding instead agreed to take Higuera’s place that day, according to Higuera’s statement. However, Redding did not appear at work on August 3. Sandoval was told the entire system was to be turned off. It wasn’t. Another contractor, without permission, removed a protective cover from a live 4,160-volt circuit breaker. As Sandoval approached the breaker, an arc flash occurred and he was set on fire, according to court records. California Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis allowed Higuera’s testimony regarding the events of August 3, 2013, and the jury ordered Qualcomm to pay Martin Sandoval $7.1 million.The case is San Diego Superior Court, Central District Case# 37-2014-00012901-CU-POL-CTL. 

Exterior substation Cudahy WI


Uploaded on Feb 26, 2009

 Electrical arc flash blast exterior substation Cudahy WI 2003. Two apprentices electricians standing in the opening & one journeyman electrician lying on the ground. He assumed the power was off & attached a phase detector to exposed high voltage conductors, which caused the arc flash blast.


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