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
On April 18, Puerto Rico residents experienced an island-wide blackout. According to local officials, the Puerto Rico blackout occurred after a contractor operating an excavator hit a transmission line near the island’s south coast. According to Justo Gonzalez, the power company’s executive sub-director, the contractor’s excavator got too close to a high-voltage line, resulting in an energy discharge. After the line went down as part of a protection measure, the other southern power plants went down as well.
Puerto Rico Blackout
“It took out all the units in the south,” said González. According to authorities, the same contractor was involved in two more recent power failures incidents and has since been fired. During the previous outage, a tree limb dropped on a power line while the contractor, in question, was clearing land.
The Puerto Rico blackout occurred after months of unstable power in the wake of Hurricane Maria. However, the most recent power outage was the first full-island blackout to occur since September’s Category 4 storm. Not only did the event result in traffic jams, but it also affected schools, businesses, and other workplaces around the island.
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Limited Backup Power During Blackout
In the hours after the incident, officials struggled to restore power to the airport and major hospitals. By Thursday morning, the utility company had returned power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Puerto Rico. According to officials quoted in TIME, it took 24 to 36 hours to restore power island-wide. Currently, Puerto Rico legislators are considering a bill to privatize the territory’s power company, which is suffering from old infrastructure and serious debt.
While many of San Juan’s biggest hotels suffered only temporary losses of power, traffic was affected throughout the island, and many businesses had to close down. Additionally, the fire department reported that a Chili’s restaurant caught on fire. “Welcome to Puerto Rico, this is what we know as ‘life,’” said Eduardo Perez, a former Major League baseball player and ESPN commentator in a news conference.
Preventing Outages and Accidents
The Puerto Rico blackout served as a valuable reminder of the importance of power line warning systems. Not only do proximity detection alarms warn workers if they’re operating close to power lines, but they also offer notice if equipment enters a preset area. Preventing power line contacts saves lives. Sigalarms protect valuable equipment and utilities infrastructure from further damage. As the world leader in power line warning systems, we’re passionate about reducing dangerous and unnecessary power line contact. Even in tricky situations such as the Puerto Rico incident, power line contacts are completely preventable, with the use of Sigalarm products.
Trust Sigalarm With Your Employees’ Wellbeing
Looking to protect your employees from harm and ensure public safety? Contact us today for more information about our proximity alarms, our services, and our mission to prevent on-the-job accidents. Also, make sure to stop by our shop for the latest sales and offerings for your equipment. We look forward to being your partner in safety.
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
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
Over the years and decades the application of scientific knowledge has enabled Sigalarm to greatly improve safety conditions in almost every industry. One particular scientific advancement has been improved understanding of E-Field Strength. E-fields are highly studied, measurable, and documented by science.
Back in 1978 the Human Factors Society of Detroit, Michigan, did a study called, “Judging Clearance Distances Near Overhead Power Lines.” The specialists examined accuracy in particular – and the results were not good. Read more
Usually when we think of the phrase, “Protecting People,” what comes to mind is a firefighter, soldier, or police officer. That’s what they do in their professions. Sigalarm is driven on the same premise. By creating the best devices to keep workers, drivers, and personnel safe, we believe we are protecting people, often saving their lives.
Sigalarm is in the business of saving lives. That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact.
Sigalarm is in the business of saving lives. That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact. Currently, owned and operated by Lance and Kim Burney, Sigalarm has been part of remarkable growth in the proximity alarm industry since 1999. Over the past 17 years, Lance and Kim have seen an increase in the acceptance of proximity alarms and other life-saving devices.
In the video below, Lance and Kim discuss the life-saving mission of Sigalarm and how the company achieves that mission every day.
There are many ways to keep your people safe. Avoiding electrocution isn’t rocket science, but proven science can help. As we share a few points to keep in mind to protect your employees in the workplace, safety is the first thing on the list! Our goal at Sigalarm is to help avoid an electrocution or accident in the work environment. Read more
Power line contacts are a danger that Sigalarm wants to eliminate. Hard working Americans deserve the safest environment as they do their jobs. Whether they are construction workers, firefighters, utility repairmen, mobile journalists, or cable installers, they need to be kept safe. Read more
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