Explosion at Newmarket factory sends 6 to the... →
Six workers were sent to the hospital last Wednesday after an arc flash explosion at a Dortec Industries plant in Newmarket that manufactures door latches for vehicles. The arc blast was isolated to one manufacturing line and while the company is investigating the cause, they do not expect the incident to disrupt regular business as the blast did not cause any damage to equipment or building...
Electrical Engineer - Protection Specialist - Part... →
There's still time to sign up for Low Voltage... →
If you live in the Seattle area and are interested in learning about electrical safety, you’re in luck! e-Hazard is offering their NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety training on April 2nd, 2013 in Maple Valley, Washington. Low Voltage Qualified training is a one day seminar that includes the following: Instruction by experts in the electrical field A copy of NFPA 70-E 2012 ...
Three seriously injured in Dubai work site... →
Three workers are fighting for their lives at Rashid Hospital after suffering severe electrical burns in a site accident behind Wafi Mall on Sunday morning. The victims, two electrical engineers and one supervisor, were testing some electrical panels when the accident happened ar around 11am. One of the engineers worked for ETA Ascon while the two others were outsourced by the ETA from another...
OSHA fines Highway Technologies Inc. for Worker... →
On Sept. 17, 2012, a worker employed by Highway Technologies Inc. was fatally injured while working with equipment that came into contact with overhead power lines during highway work in western Wisconsin. OSHA issued 10 safety violations with proposed penalties totaling $448,000 and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Highway Technologies Inc. was performing guardrail...
Con Ed worker injured by explosion. →
On February 1st, a Con Ed worker was injured when a small electrical explosion burned his face and arms as he worked inside a tony Upper West Side apartment building, authorities said. The explosion sent the unidentified Con Ed worker and one other injured person to New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in stable condition at about 12:50 p.m., the FDNY said. To read more, please...
Registration still open for e-Hazard Classes in...
There is still time left to register for the e-Hazard classes that are coming to the Seattle area! Please visit our website for more information! Low Voltage Qualified & High Voltage Qualified Train-The-Trainer Tukwila, WA February 18 - 21, 2013 (Early registration cut off is February 4th) Arc Flash & Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Training Tukwila, WA February 18, 2013 High...
Electrical fire at Ice Harbor Dam stops Power... →
Power production stopped at Ice Harbor Dam near Burbank after two small fires were discovered at 9 a.m. Thursday. The fires were inside two cabinets holding electrical components for two of the dam’s six generators, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Three generators were operating at the time. Power for dam facilities stopped, but power was being pulled off the electrical grid...
Bob Fuhr receives PE License for Virginia!
In our ongoing effort to support our clients and improve our service, Bob Fuhr has received his Professional Engineering (PE) license for Virginia. Mr. Fuhr has PE Licenses for the following States and a Canadian Province. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia,...
UK Power Networks fined over death of engineer →
A POWER company has been fined £275,000 over the death of an electrical engineer. John Higgins died from horrific injuries while carrying out maintenance work at an electricity sub-station. As the 59-year-old UK Power Networks engineer worked on a piece of equipment, there was an explosion at the site in Chelmsford and he was engulfed in burning oil. To read more, please click the link above.
OSHA fines Union, NJ, contractor $41,580 for... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bender Enterprises Inc., based in Union, with three repeat violations for continuing to expose workers to electrical hazards at a Fort Lee work site. OSHA’s June investigation was initiated following a referral from the Fort Lee Police Department when a worker was injured while servicing an...
Upcoming e-Hazard Classes!
Please visit our website for more information on the following classes: Low Voltage Qualified & High Voltage Qualified Train-The-Trainer Tukwila, WA February 18 - 21, 2013 (Early registration cut off is February 4th) Arc Flash & Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Training Tukwila, WA February 18, 2013 High Voltage Qualified Tukwila, WA February 18-19, 2013 (Low voltage qualified is...
Worker electrocuted on KUB job site has been... →
Knoxville Police said a KUB contract worker was killed by a high voltage electric shock on a construction site shortly after noon Monday. W&O Construction Company, Inc. employee was working at KUB Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant when the incident occurred. Knoxville Fire Department said it appears the workers were trying to lift a piece of metal with a crane, when something hit the power...
OSHA cites Certifit Inc. with electrical and fall... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Salt Lake City-based Certifit Inc. with two repeat and one serious violation from an August follow-up inspection for continuing to expose workers to fall and electrical hazards at the company’s San Antonio work site on Sonterra Boulevard. Proposed penalties total $71,500. Please click the link above...
Predictive Maintenance for Medium Voltage... →
“Predictive Maintenance for Medium Voltage Switchgear above 4kV” is an article written by Bob Fuhr, founder and president of PowerStudies.com. This article discusses electrical equipment maintenance, specifically Partial Discharge measurements. Bob explains what PD is, the potential hazards it can cause, and how you can avoid hiring an expensive testing agency to measure PD levels in your...
Arc Flash Energy Mitigation Techniques
“Arc Flash Energy Mitigation Techniques” is a new article written by Bob Fuhr, president and founder of PowerStudies.com. This article discusses the calculation of arc flash energy as well as what effects the calculations. Bob covers several aspects of Arc Flash mitigation including working distance, clearing times, and specialized equipment and sensors. He also discusses some of the...
OSHA cites lawn care service after electrocution... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited AAA Professional Lawn Care Inc. for seven alleged serious violations of workplace safety standards in connection with the July 30 death of a worker who was performing tree trimming work at 5 Country View Drive in Johnston. The worker was fatally shocked when the aluminum pruner he was using came into...
Contractor pleads guilty to violation of OSHA... →
A contractor, doing business as Modern Painting and Decorating, has been sentenced to one year of probation after being found guilty of the willful violation of an OSHA regulation. Thomas Caruso, the contractor, hired Paul Thompson to paint the Habitat for Humanity building in New Kensington, PA. After being given a brief warning about the power lines that run close to the building, Paul was sent...
We are now offering LV Electrical Safety training...
Does your company need an electrical safety training program providing the following benefits? This electrical safety course is designed for low voltage qualified persons. The course has the following benefits: Comprehensive and fulfills the training requirements for CSA Z462-12 for low voltage qualified persons. Oriented toward persons performing work near or operating electrical equipment...
PowerStudies.com is Hiring!
PowerStudies.com has several open positions for an Electrical Engineer Protection Specialist. We are looking for full, part time employees, or retired Electrical Engineers. Duties will include performing various power system studies and power quality troubleshooting services. Our company increases our client’s facility efficiency, reliability, safety, and personnel protection. We specialize...
Construction worker badly injured in electrical... →
“A construction worker was badly injured this morning when he came in contact with a powerful electrical line while on a job in western Henrico County. Henrico Fire & EMS Capt. Jim Mellon said the victim, who is in his mid 20s, was in critical condition when he was taken to VCU Medical Center. Mellon said authorities were called at 9:14 a.m. after the construction worker was moving a...
OSHA proposes fines of $69,000 to Home Depot for... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Atlanta-based The Home Depot Inc. for two repeat and one serious safety violations for exposing employees to electrical hazards at a Chicago store. OSHA opened an inspection in July that was prompted by a referral about blocked electrical panels in the store. Proposed fines total $69,300. Please view the...
Football Fans Suffer Electrical Burns. →
In honor of football season, we bring to you the story of two NFL fans. While watching the Oakland Raiders play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fans raised a flag attached to a 20 foot pole and neglected to notice the power lines overhead. They both suffered non life threatening electrical burns. Fire officials said that alcohol may have been involved in this incident and also noted that the type of...
Powys Council to pay £25k for bringing down power... →
In two separate incidents, two garbage trucks in Ystradgynlais, a town in Wales, touched power lines while picking up garbage at the curb. The city has been found negligent and has been ordered to pay a fine. Please click on the link to read more.
Bob Fuhr receives PE License for Iowa!
In our ongoing effort to support our clients and improve our service, Bob Fuhr has received his Professional Engineering (PE) license for Iowa. Mr. Fuhr has PE Licenses for the following States and the Canadian Province. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and British...
Massachusetts heavy equipment operator cited... →
A Canton-based heavy equipment operator has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged willful and serious violations of safety standards while working on the Hine Bridge replacement project in Amesbury. Barletta Heavy Division Inc. faces proposed fines of $91,000 following a March incident in which one of its cranes struck an...
Business Owner Faces Prison After Worker Is... →
The electrocution death of a worker could send the owner of a painting business to prison. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Pennsylvania has filed one criminal charge against Thomas Caruso, 77, owner of Modern Painting & Decorating of New Kensington, PA. Caruso is charged with willful violation of safety regulations that caused the electrocution of an employee. The...
Utility Workers Hospitalized Following Electrical... →
Two Shakopee Public Utilities employees remain hospitalized after their four-member crew was injured Monday morning while performing scheduled maintenance on a utility line near the women’s prison. Shakopee Public Utilities Finance Director Renee Schmid told the Valley News the extent of the injuries is unknown, but she later told the Star Tribune the injuries are not considered...
Ontario Electrical Contractor Injured in Arc Flash →
Waterloo North Hydro Inc., an electricity distributor for Waterloo and the surrounding area, was fined $110,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. On October 12, 2010, a mall was under construction in Waterloo. Workers from Waterloo North Hydro Inc. had installed transformers on site and were attempting to send power from a transformer in one...
ESD: The Fresh Water Killer
Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest! The sun is warming the rain soaked roads, the children have been freed from the classroom, and people are preparing their boats for lazy days on the lake. Most are buying safety items like band aids, sunscreen, and life jackets, but many are unaware of the silent killer that can lurk at local marinas and lakes. We aren’t talking about biting...
OSHA fines Interstate Electrical Services $81,000... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Interstate Electrical Services, a North Billerica electrical contractor, for alleged willful and serious violations following a November 2011 arc flash blast at an Andover jobsite. Two workers installing electrical service were seriously burned when a piece of equipment made contact with an energized part...
Bellevue construction worker receives electrical... →
A construction worker in Bellevue, WA was rushed to Harbor View Medical Center on Thursday after sustaining critical injuries while working next to a boom truck. Please view the link to read more.
NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Electrical...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Tacoma, WA. Taught by Robert E. Fuhr, P.E. of PowerStudies.com One day Seminar tuition is $350/person, with a $50 discount for companies sending 5 or more attendees (email@example.com or (502) 716-7073 for group reservation). Tuition Includes: Expert Instruction NFPA 70E-2012 Standard ($52.00 value) e-Hazard student manual ($40 value) Certificate of Completion...
Working Distance: The 5 Things You May Be Doing...
We all know that wearing PPE and being mindful of the knowledge acquired during safety training are essential to maintaining a hazard free work area. But what about working distance? In the engineering community, you often hear people say “Before I had this safety knowledge, I can’t believe I…” and the ”I” is usually followed with a story about a situation in which they were too close and could’ve...
OSHA Fines American Showa for Lack of PPE and... →
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited American Showa Inc. with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful violations for assigning maintenance personnel to work on energized equipment without personal protective gear and failing to train workers to recognize unsafe electrical work practices. Proposed fines total $151,300. Does...
"I wasn't wearing my safety gear."
In the field of Electrical Engineering, one often hears about Arc Flash incidents and shudders as they recall risks taken and mistakes made in their own careers that could’ve led to such a catastrophe. The real, gruesome truth about Arc Flash incidents is that many do not live to tell the tale, and of those who do, most are unable to lead a normal life after. The following article tells the story...
Are your Arc Flash Labels Compliant with NFPA® 70E... →
NFPA® 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has been revised. The requirements in this document are being enforced by OSHA and other state run OSHA organizations. This document has recently been revised for 2012. The requirements for selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Arc Flash labels have changed.
Why are we recommending Arc Flash Hazard Studies... →
There are many reasons to perform an arc flash study for your facility. The main reason is that you must comply with OSHA and NFPA 70E Regulations. Did you know that this is an excellent way to reduce your company’s liability exposure? This is a short article on why it is important to perform an Arc Flash Study and how it can reduce the liability exposure.
Arc Flash Hazard - The Basics has been updated for... →
We have updated our article “Arc Flash Hazard – The Basics”. This is an easy to understand discussion of what Arc Flash Hazards are and what you need to know. We have updated it based upon the new NFPA 70E - 2012 “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace”. Tell us what you think! More articles can be found at http://www.powerstudies.com/articles.htm
IEEE 1584 Working Group Moves Forward with New...
On Sunday 1/30/12, members of the IEEE 1584 Working Group met in Daytona Beach, FL to discuss the latest IEEE/NFPA Collaboration Testing report and to discuss changes to the IEEE 1584 Standard. The meeting was attended by approximately 48 engineers and technicians from across the United States and Canada. The IEEE/NFPA Collaboration Study is an attempt to improve the energy and arc flash boundary...
See us in Booth #127 at the 2012 IEEE Electrical... →
The 19th annual IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop will be held January 30-February 3, 2012 at the Daytona Hilton in Daytona Beach, Florida. Since inception, the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop has been the premier form for accelerating advancements in workplace electrical safety. The program features technical tours, tutorials, keynote speakers, more than 25 technical presentations, and an...
State of WA L&I approves e-Hazard's 2012 NFPA-70E...
The State of Washington Department of Labor & Industries has approved e-Hazard.com’s Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Refresher course. This seminar is based upon the new 2012 NFPA-70E – Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Four CEU credits will be given to electricians who are registered with the State of Washington. This is a great way to get CEUs and learn about the latest NFPA 70E...
PowerStudies.com presents an e-Hazard.com Low... →
PowerStudies.com, P.S. presents: Arc Flash & Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Training February 21, 2012 Taught by Robert E. Fuhr, P.E. at our PowerStudies.com Seattle (Maple Valley), WA Training Center One day Seminar tuition is $350/person, with a $50 discount for companies sending 5 or more attendees (firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 716-7073 for group reservation). Tuition Includes:...
More Cities Adopt the Washington Cities Electrical...
Are your Electrical Specifications Ready for the Washington Cities Electrical Code? The Washington Cities Listed below have or will soon be adopting a new set of Electrical Codes. The Washington Cities Electrical Code will be used to supplement the National Electrical Code (NEC). The date that each city will be adopting the code will vary. The following are the cities that have adopted the new...
Bob Fuhr receives PE License for New Jersey
In our ongoing effort to support our clients and improve our service, Bob Fuhr has received his Professional Engineering (PE) license for New Jersey. Mr. Fuhr has PE Licenses for following States and Canadian Province. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and British...
PowerStudies.com's Open House is Thursday October... →
Join Bob Fuhr and his staff at their new location in Maple Valley while we celebrate 25 years of business. Connect with colleagues and meet new friends. In addition to appetizers, we will have Wine and Beer. Don’t miss it! Thursday, October 20th, 2011 3pm—7pm 22443 S.E. 240th Street, Suite 207 Maple Valley, WA 98038 Join Bob Fuhr and his staff at their new location in Maple Valley. We...
There is still a few seats remaining for the 2012...
PowerStudies.com sponsors an e-Hazard.com Seminar at our Maple Valley (Seattle) Training Center - October 19, 2011 Low Voltage Qualified 2012 NFPA 70E– 8 Hours Used by more NFPA 70E committee members, our training provides a thorough knowledge of the dangers and recommended safe behaviors for those who work daily around electrical hazards. This course goes beyond the theoretical to give...