Avoid the Dangers of Power Lines

Avoid The Dangers Of Power Lines

Workers in the construction industry are especially vulnerable to power line accidents. From crane operators to workers on the ground, a wide range of employees run the risk of suffering an injury or fatality related to power line electrocution. Boasting more than 40 years of experience, Sigalarm manufactures multiple alarm products designed to protect workers and pedestrians from power line dangers. Learn more about our tips for staying safe below.Avoid the Dangers of Power Lines

Mark Boundaries and Define the Work Area

If you want to help your team avoid power line dangers, start by setting clear boundaries 360 degrees around the work area. Flags and other markers are great for letting crane operators know where it is and isn’t safe to go. Be sure to check that parts of equipment like rigging and lifting accessories are also keeping an appropriate distance away.

Have a Backup Plan in Place

In the event that accidental contact does occur, you can still take steps to avoid injury or loss of life. Be sure that crane operators know to stay in the cab after making contact and instruct them to attempt to navigate machinery to safety. If the crane cannot be moved, the operator should remain inside until the lines are turned off. Supervisors should take care to keep pedestrians and other workers out of the area until help arrives.

Look Into Alarm Systems

Even the most carefully designed safety procedures sometimes fail due to human error. If you want to protect your workers, consider installing one of Sigalarm’s high voltage power line warning systems. Our proximity alarms and range control warning devices are designed to prevent accidental contact with lines. By alerting workers when they come within a given proximity of live lines, these products help avoid delays, prevent accidents, and save lives.

Contact Sigalarm to Avoid Power Line Dangers

At Sigalarm, we’re committed to keeping construction workers and passers-by safe from power line injuries. Recognizing that these incidents can happen at any time, we take steps to ensure crane operators and pedestrians have the proper warning, so they can stop accidents before they start. Our products can and do save lives.

Want to learn more about our alarm products? Call today or contact the Sigalarm team online.

The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

Once upon a time, people viewed construction site accidents as the cost of doing business. In fact, companies went so far as to build the price of accidents and injuries into job estimates, and it wasn’t uncommon for multiple workers to lose their lives in the erection of a building or bridge. Fortunately, times have changed, and modern construction businesses take greater care to protect the lives of their workers. Learn more about construction site safety and what your team can do to keep its members safe.The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

Improving Construction Site Safety

Protecting workers on the job is an important goal and one that can be difficult to achieve. In an effort to keep costs down, many businesses attempt to cut corners; unfortunately, workers and bystanders often suffer as a result. One of the reasons managers may hesitate to invest in safety is that they can’t see the payoff of their dollars. After all, there’s no way of predicting exactly how many accidents were prevented as a result of safety training and policies. With that in mind, communities and companies have a responsibility to persuade construction managers that safety is well worth the cost.

Stopping Construction Accidents in Their Tracks

If communities want to reduce construction accident injuries, they need to devote resources to education and prevention. Managers should start by assessing current policies, considering factors like employee training, equipment maintenance, and safety products. Any problems should be addressed and corrected as soon as possible.

Additionally, construction companies can take steps to protect their workers in situations where they might come into contact with power lines. Unintended power line contact is a serious hazard in the construction world. In fact, the Center for Construction Research and Training says power line electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the industry. Sigalarm offers several warning systems and contact alarms to alert workers when their equipment becomes perilously close to power lines. When installed by trained professionals, these products can prevent injury and even death.

Contact Sigalarm for Power Line Safety Products Built to Last

Achieving construction site safety is a challenging prospect but one well worth the effort. To learn more about Sigalarm’s products and services, call today or contact us online. Working together, we can ensure all of your construction employees stay safe on the job.

 

Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, power line electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the industry. In fact, between 1992 and 2010 alone, more than 2,400 construction workers lost their lives as a result of electrocutions occurring on job sites.

A leader in power line warning systems, Sigalarm is passionate about protecting workers and bystanders alike. Learn more about how these incidents occur, along with tips for avoiding them in your business moving forward:Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

Tragedy in Salem, Mass.

Last year, tragedy struck a Salem, Massachusetts, worksite when a painter died after coming into contact with live electrical wires. The man in question was painting window sills when his aerial lift became entangled in some wires. Workers were unable to get to the painter until after the National Grid managed to turn off the power in the area. The man, who was unconscious at the time of rescue, later perished at the hospital.

West Seattle Power Line Electrocution Injures Two

Unfortunately, this incident wasn’t the only one to affect workers in recent years. In 2016, two men were electrocuted after a construction crane came into contact with power lines near their job site. While the workers didn’t expire from their injuries, both men were seriously hurt in the incident.

Keeping Workers Safe on the Job

The good news is that power line electrocutions are largely preventable; that is, as long as construction companies take the necessary steps to protect their employees. At Sigalarm, we offer a wide array of high-voltage warning systems and proximity alarms intended to prevent contact with power lines and save lives. The products work by warning workers of danger when equipment enters a given area. When installed by knowledgeable professionals, these products can and do prevent injury.

Prevent Power Line Electrocution With Help From Sigalarm

With more than 41 years of industry experience, Sigalarm is proud of its history protecting workers and pedestrians alike from power line accidents. Learn more about Sigalarm’s warning alarms online or call to speak to a member of our team.

Dump Trucks And Power Lines: A Danger Waiting To Happen

Dump Trucks And Power Lines: A Danger Waiting To Happen

Even the best drivers make mistakes on the road from time to time, and truck drivers are no exception. In particular, dump truck drivers have a history of getting into accidents involving power lines. Because operators need to raise and lower the beds of these trucks frequently, they can accidentally knock down power lines. The end results are often serious damage, traffic delays, and even injuries.

Let’s take a look at a couple incidents involving dump trucks and power lines before discussing what we can do to help operators avoid these issues moving forward:Dump Trucks And Power Lines: A Danger Waiting To Happen

Past Dump Truck Incidents

Just last month, a dump truck destroyed a set of power lines in Greece, NY. The truck’s bed caught on a line and pulled an RG&E pole to the ground, resulting in a minor loss of power in the area. While the incident didn’t cause any injuries, thankfully, it was certainly inconvenient for city workers and residents alike.

Another incident occurred when a dump truck knocked down 15 utility poles in Henrietta, New York. The accident occurred because the driver, a long-time construction worker, failed to notice that his bed was raised. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident. However, the downed lines did trap several drivers in their vehicles for a period of two hours before rescue workers could get them out. More than 1,200 local residents suffered a loss of power.

While these incidents, fortunately, did not result in any serious injuries or loss of life, accidents involving power lines are often fatal. To that end, towns and businesses need to take steps to protect people on the road.

Contact Sigalarm for Power Line Protection

Based in Sanford, FL, Sigalarm is a leader in preventing power line accidents. We are passionate about keeping people safe in their communities and on the job. That’s why we offer a range of high-voltage warning systems and proximity alarms designed to prevent unnecessary contact with power lines. To learn more about how we can help your business or town, call today or contact our team online.

Unique Feature Series: Max. Sensitivity

Sigalarm Unique Feature Series: Max. Sensitivity

Sigalarm has been making quality high voltage proximity alarms for over 60 years. We pride ourselves on helping employers preserve expensive equipment and, most importantly, keep employees safe. Below we’ll examine the max. sensitivity feature and why it is so beneficial for Sigalarm customers.

Unique Feature Series: Max. Sensitivity

What is Max. Sensitivity?

Max. sensitivity, sometimes referred to as early warning, is present in all Sigalarm products. Legacy and wireless products are calibrated to automatically switch into max. sensitivity mode as soon as they are powered on. This feature alerts the user to the presence of even the lowest voltage detectable by the device. An audio and visual alarm will sound so that the worker can take immediate action to exit the area and remove any equipment from danger. Once the worker has identified the danger, the alarm can be reset to operate normally.

Why Max. Sensitivity is Important?

The general reason that max. sensitivity is important is, of course, that it protects employees and equipment on the job site. However, there are a specific scenarios wherein it is especially critical:

Equipment movement or repositioning: In certain work sites, equipment is moved regularly throughout the day. Due to time constraints, it may not be possible to do a full safety sweep for high voltage power lines during such moves. While safety should never be sacrificed, the max. sensitivity feature gives workers a fast way to identify possible hazards.

Concealed or hard to identify power lines: Power lines can be difficult to find and may not be visible to the naked eye. This is especially true in residential areas where trees or other objects prevent clear lines of sight. Even with partners on the ground, work teams may not be able to see a nearby high voltage power line. In these cases, max. sensitivity gives workers an extra, highly sensitive set of eyes.

Operator error: In today’s world it is easy to become distracted or forgetful. For instance, an operator may park a piece of equipment under a line and leave for lunch and when they return forget the equipment is in close vicinity to overhead lines and boom into them. Another scenario is operators are asked to jump in and help move equipment. If they had not been there previously, they might overlook being parked under dangerous overhead power lines.

Sigalarm is dedicated to developing high-quality proximity alarms. Our high voltage alarms are made in America, tested thoroughly at our Florida headquarters, and used by companies all across the country. For more information about max. sensitivity, please contact Sigalarm today. You can also visit our online shop for more details about our product line.

Berkeley Engineering And Research Early Warning Device White Paper

Berkeley Engineering And Research Early Warning Device White Paper

A 200 percent increase in the use of mobile, boom-based construction equipment has had far-reaching effects in the construction industry. For instance, workers get more work done in a shorter amount of time. However, increased productivity, in this case, also brings increased danger. With boom-based machines, this danger comes in the potential contact with overhead power lines. These high voltage lines can cause electrocution and lead to death. In fact, between the years 1980 and 1992, 7% of all work-related deaths were attributed to electrocution. Read more

Hazard Analysis Of Unintentional Raising Of A Pneumatic Mast Of An Electronic News Gathering Van into Power Lines

Hazard Analysis Of Unintentional Raising Of A Pneumatic Mast Of An Electronic News Gathering Van into Power Lines

Sigalarm products work for more than just construction companies. News stations and government agencies have also been known to invest in this life-saving tool. By installing Sigalarms in their electronic news gathering (ENG) vans, news organizations can avoid unintentional contact with overhead power lines. The Hazard Information Foundation, Inc. (HIFI) conducted a hazard analysis to examine Sigalarm’s effectiveness. The results were outstanding. Read more

Crane, Derrick, And Hoist Safety

Crane, Derrick, And Hoist Safety

It’s no secret that manufacturers and construction companies regularly move heavy loads in the course of doing business. While this work helps keep communities functioning effectively and efficiently, it often leads to significant safety issues affecting both the workers in the machines and those on the ground. Read on to learn more about Sigalarm’s commitment to Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety. Read more

3 Overhead Power Line Stories Where Accidents Could Have Been Avoided

Three Overhead Power Line Stories Where Accidents Could Have Been Avoided

Workplace safety is top of mind for all business owners, especially those who work in potentially hazardous industries. For most construction sites and their workers, the chance of an on-site injury is high. However, at Sigalarm we pride ourselves on making products that can greatly help keep you and your equipment safe on the job. Below are three examples of overhead power line stories with a less than happy ending. Each of these stories demonstrates how the proper safety equipment and warning devices could have safeguarded lives and expensive equipment. Read more

Top 3 Reasons To Become A Sigalarm Distributor

Top 3 Reasons To Become A Sigalarm Distributor

With our track record for safety and quality assurance, Sigalarm is the preferred manufacturer of high voltage proximity alert warning systems.  Which is why becoming a Sigalarm distributor is a fairly easy choice. Our distributors sell our quality products to work sites all over the world. Below are three main reasons why you should consider becoming a Sigalarm distributor today. Read more