OSHA announces final rule

OSHA: Electric Power Generation Standards

OSHA’s electric power generation standards address workplace safety. The rules within the standards concern the safety and health of employees working with electric power generation, transmission and distribution. However, the final rule was updated nearly 40 years after they had been established with the aim to improve the operation and maintenance of equipment. Read on to see why these standards are crucial and demand periodic revision.

Addressing New Standards

The standards ensure that employers meet the requirements for work in construction and general industry. Additionally, the final rule includes revisions on fall protection standards and electrical protective equipment. The new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all construction work. Consequently, it replaces the incorporation of outdated consensus standards with performance-driven requirements. In addition to addressing the standards for protective electrical equipment, the final rule also includes requirements for their safe use and care.

Bringing Change to the Job Site

The final rule of the standards covers the following areas:

  • Fall protection
  • Minimum approach distances
  • Arc-flash protection
  • Host employers and contract employers must exchange safety-related information to employees

Prior to the final rule revisions, the standards were inconsistent with the general industry standard that covers the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment. OSHA revised the standards so they align with the general industry standards. The final rule was established with the purpose of preventing approximately 20 fatalities and 118 serious injuries annually. This monumentally changes the industry in addition to the fatalities and injuries already prevented by the existing construction and general industry standards.

Layers of Protection

OSHA concludes that mandatory standards are the best choice for reducing the risks to employees. In addition, periodic rule-making is necessary to replace older existing standards with updated, clear, and consistent safety standards. However, along with establishing rules and standards, it is important to have tools that can contribute to safety on the job site. Sigalarm Wireless proximity alarms provide a vital tool that save lives.

Sigalarm products are not a substitute for vigilance and proper safety procedures. In fact, utility companies suggest a “layers of safety” approach. Overhead power line contacts are so catastrophic that employers should use as many layers of safety as possible to manage electrical hazards so that if one layer fails, another is in place. Great care should always be taken to avoid power line contact, like having standards of safety and a Sigalarm proximity alarm.

Choose Safety

The advances and improvements that OSHA has done and continues to offer companies are essential. In order to boost safety training and awareness, Sigalarm manufactures proximity alarms that warn employees of nearby power lines. Contact us today and learn how our proximity alarms help employees take action and prevent injuries.

Sigalarm Nova Award Nomination in 2011

Sigalarm Nova Award Nomination in 2011

Sigalarm is a well-respected company in the world of power line alarms. Used by everyone from construction companies to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Sigalarm has a long history of protecting both workers and equipment. And the industry has noticed. In 2011, for example, Sigalarm received a Nova Award Nomination for achievements in innovative construction. Being nominated for this honor was a thrilling experience and one that Sigalarm is proud of to this day.

Sigalarm Nova Award Nomination in 2011

How a Nova Award Nomination Works

The Nova Awards are the brainchild of the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF), an international nonprofit that has been around since the 1980s. Today, the CIF includes more than 100 member companies. It’s also host to an assortment of contractors, owners, architects, engineers, labor organizations, and associations.

Created with the goal of encouraging quality and affordability in construction, the Nova Awards are the Nobel Prizes of the building world. They are the only awards to consider all aspects of the construction industry. Simply receiving a Nova Award nomination was a testament to Sigalarm’s innovation and expertise. Additionally, it showed the company’s strong commitment to serving the public.

Why Power Line Alarm Systems Matter

A majority of fatal electrocutions occur as a result of equipment coming in contact with high voltage power lines. That’s why Sigalarm designed its warning systems to help operators who become distracted. The company estimates that organizations could prevent at least 20 percent of fatal incidents if they incorporated alarms into their operations. With more than 41 years of experience on the job, Sigalarm protects employees and equipment in various industries around the world.

Contact Sigalarm for Your Power Line Safety 0Needs

We know there’s nothing more important than the safety of your employees. To that end, we offer a full range of power line warning systems, including Hirtzer insulated links and line contact alarms. Our proximity alarms systems are designed to keep you and your team safe on the job while protecting pedestrians and passers-by. To learn more about how we can help your company or organization, call today or contact our experts online.


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Contractors Hot Line Magazine 2017

Contractors Hot Line Magazine June 2017

Sigalarm had the honor to be featured on the cover and main story for Contractors Hot Line Magazine June 2017. To download the full magazine click here.

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OSHA Making Changes to Crane Rules

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There will be changes to three existing OSHA regulations starting in 2017. These three regulation changes by OSHA will impact crane operator certification requirements, redefining the term “hoisting.” They will also affect crane usage for railroad projects. Let’s examine each of these changes in a bit more depth. Read more