The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, provides a range of guidelines designed to keep workers safe on the job. As of May 2018, OSHA printed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding construction cranes and derricks. The goal was to provide clarification on employer responsibilities regarding crane operator safety. Sigalarm is deeply concerned with this topic. Read on to learn about the latest OSHA operator certification rules, along with the SC&RA’s response to the changes being proposed.
Crane accidents are all too common in the construction industry, and many times they result in serious property damage, injuries, and even death. A leader in high voltage proximity alarms, Sigalarm is passionate about working hand in hand with construction workers and industry leaders to stop these devastating accidents. Read on to discover what the experts have to say about stopping crane accidents and preventing loss of life, along with our tips.
As an innovator in high voltage power line warning systems, Sigalarm’s mission is to protect both individuals and machinery. That’s why Sigalarm offers a complete line of products designed to limit unwanted power line contact. We’re proud of our perpetually growing network of customers and suppliers. To that end, we love to share praise from companies like SkyAzul, who have benefited from offering and distributing our products. Read more
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:
In business for more than 40 years, Sigalarm has supported a wide range of businesses and community organizations by keeping their employees safe from power line accidents. During this time, we have been particularly thrilled by the opportunity to serve one very special group: the City of Burlingame Fire Department.
Firefighters hold a very special place in people’s hearts. These men and women bravely risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe. So it’s been a special honor to fulfill the power line alarm needs of the Burlingame Fire Department over the years. Read more
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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