Power Line Accidents in 2020

Electrical injuries from power line accidents remain to be a dangerous risk across various industries. Without proper equipment or safety procedures, workers are at risk for electrical shock, severe burns, or even death.

Below are a few scenarios that occurred due to contact with overhead power lines this year. We also give some tips to avoid these electrical hazards.

Power Line Accidents in 2020

Direct contact isn’t the only way workers are at risk on-site. The rise of power line accidents occurring due to the vicinity of the equipment to the line’s electrical charge continues to rise.

Service Technicians Survive Power Line Scare

In a recent power line accident in Washington, two workers received electrical burns due to the proximity of their equipment to the overhead power line. The electrical current arced to the nearby metal railing of the lift passed through the frame into the ground where the two workers were standing. The two men survived the encounter.

Direct Contact during Solar Panel Installation

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another worker for a solar panel installation company that was involved in a power line accident in March 2020. The construction worker was operating from a boom lift when he made direct contact with an overhead power line which burned a quarter of his body.

Power Line Accidents on Construction Sites in 2020

In April 2020, an employee of a pumping company was operating an excavator at a construction site. The excavator contacted an overhead power line, and the employee sustained electric shock and was killed.

In March 2020, a construction employee was working on the renovation of a two-story building. While working on the roof and using a steel tape measure, the wind blew and extended the tape measure into an overhead power line that was transmitting 19,920 volts of electricity. After an electric arc occurred, the worker fell from the roof and was killed.

In the same month, a construction employee was working on the third story of a commercial renovation. While installing gutters, he made contact with an overhead power line, causing him to fall three stories.

Power Line Accidents are Avoidable

Power line accidents can occur due to various circumstances such as the need to observe multiple targets at the same site, reduced visibility due to weather or environmental landscape, or worker complacency. However, these accidents remain a serious risk and precautions can and should be taken to avoid them. There is never a reason to delay keeping your employees safe on the job site.

Power Line Safety Tips

Without proper safety strategies intact, companies are at risk of electrical accidents and OSHA violations. There are a few strategies that companies can invest in to keep their workers safe.

They should ensure that workers receive proper training and understanding of on-site safety measures. For example, training on working near high-voltage electrical lines or how to deal with downed power lines.

Workers and construction managers need to practice and promote safe behaviors that minimize the risk of electrical accidents. In particular, a great way of preventing such instances is investing in technology that can take on-site safety to the next level. Proximity alarms are a great tool to add to any heavy equipment. These devices will alert workers if their equipment is too close to any overhead power lines.

Stay Protected with Sigalarm

For decades, Sigalarm has proven that installing proximity alarms is a great way to prevent power line accidents. Sigalarm is proud to be the world leader in power line proximity alarms, keeping workers safe on the job.

We work with various companies and industries to provide the necessary equipment to save lives. We are proud to be a community that prioritizes life and safety. Contact us for more information on how we can keep you safe on the job.

Drill Rig

A drill rig site, like all construction sites, is a potentially hazardous environment to be working in. How can companies working with drill rigs keep their worksites safe?

Here’s a quick guide to drill rig safety and how to avoid electrical accidents.

Drill Rig Risks

Drill rigs are used to dig into the ground to either create or access substances such as water or oil wells. Since drill rigs can be located on land or sea the risks associated with each site will fluctuate.

Drill rigs at sea are at risk of storms, sun exposure, strong winds and tides, and periods of isolation. Similarly, drill rigs on land are at risk of sun exposure, humidity, and extreme temperatures. In addition, worksites may include components such as uneven terrain and slippery surfaces.

Safety Strategies

Sometimes we are not able to dictate the location or risks of the drill site. However, the safety precautions we take are within our control. Here are a few factors to consider for improving drill rig site safety.

Risk Assessments & Proper Training

Routine safety assessments are essential in mitigating the risks on-site and keeping workers feeling secure. Before starting any project, begin with completing a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). Identify the tasks needed to accomplish the project and the equipment required to perform these tasks. Determine any risks that are associated with these tasks or equipment and establish actions that will be applied to diminish foreseeable risks.

It’s critical to locate public utility power lines and buried electrical circuits. Additionally, verify locations that offer additional risks to workers or their equipment, such as difficult or jagged topography. Ensure that all workers comprehend the details listed from the JHA.

It can be easy to resolve many accidents and injuries by ensuring that workers receive proper training. Training shouldn’t just be a one and done situation. As technology advances and the industry changes, worker’s training will require continuous updates to ensure maximum safety and risk mitigation.

Protection Gear & Equipment Checks

Consistently verify the conditions of all equipment used on-site. Confirm that work sites include reliable lighting that will assist workers in performing their jobs safely and with ease. Additionally, proper lighting allows workers to identify potential environmental risks while they work. Implementing safety toolboxes will benefit employees in maintaining their equipment and remedying minor damages.

Teams can prepare for emergencies by ensuring that safety gear and emergency plans are present and customized for each specific construction site. Presently, there are various safety devices that companies can invest in for prioritizing job site safety. Wearable sensors implanted within clothes such as hard hats or vests can alert workers to potential risks.

Your Safety is Our Priority

Sigalarm safety products are used across varying industries including construction, fire trucks, pipeline, and military.

We have wireless proximity alarms that can operate in nearly all environments, including improving drill rig safety for identifying power lines. Contact us today to learn how our products can keep your work environment safe.

New OSHA Standards Spur Response From SC&RA

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.

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Expert Tips For Avoiding Crane Accidents

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.

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Sigalarm Featured in Design 2 Part Magazine

After decades in business, Sigalarm is still the leader in power line warning systems. This record has made Sigalarm the preferred manufacturer of power line warning systems in the United States and globally. Also, their long career has yielded them some meaningful partnerships with other companies. This record does not come without recognition. Design 2 Part magazine featured Sigalarm in their October issue. The article reflects on the company’s relationship with its local electronics contract manufacturers and their benefits.

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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:

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Sigalarm CONEXPO 2020

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

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