Frequently Cited OSHA Violations…

…And How To Avoid Them.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations release periodic lists of violations to inform safety and facility managers of the most common violations that put workers at risk of injury or death.  Some published  lists focus on the previous year’s “Top 10” violations; others focus on Willful Violations that can carry criminal penalties.


Violation: Fall Protection

Fall protection, ranks first on virtually every “frequently cited” list of violations. In 2013, OSHA wrote citations for nearly 9000 incidents related to protecting against falls—that’s about two dozen for each day of the year. In the construction industry, falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs account for one-third of all construction-worker deaths. Workers in health services, wholesale distribution operations and retail industries area also at significant risk of falls.

What to do

OSHA points to a three-step process…click here to read the full article.


Ultrasound Detection of Electrical Anomalies

Knowing and understanding the different techniques used to detect electrical faults can give you the tools you need to avoid power outages, damaged equipment, and injuries.  The article “Ultrasound Detection of Electrical Anomalies” in Plant Services Magazine discusses this important process and keys to effective testing.

“Whether you’re using airborne ultrasound or contact ultrasound, the benefit comes from the ability to see an anomaly and understand what it is. Through analysis, a confident and accurate assessment will persuade management to make accurate decisions and take proper actions.

“If you rewind the clock to 10 years ago, electrical analysis was an afterthought,” explained Joseph Gierlach, vice president — technical training and support, ABM Franchising Group — TEGG Service, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Gierlach led one of the opening workshops at UE Systems’ Ultrasound World X conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. “We’re now able to make connections between electrical signatures. This is a misunderstood application. And it’s dynamic and ever-changing.”

While ultrasound’s role in diagnosing mechanical deficiencies is well-known, its use in electrical fault detection is equally valuable, but differentiating between…click here to read full article


5 Expert Tips: Achieving Arc Flash Safety

This article, by Jane Alexander of Maintenance Technology, outlines 5 tips to achieving a safe place for employees to work (which is required and enforced by OSHA).  Arc Flash Safety is a key component of any safety program, and with the new NFPA 70E 2015 Standard that has been put in place this year, it’s even more important with the changes and adjustments that have been enacted.

Her article states, “Electrical safety is an overarching concern for plants and facilities everywhere. In the United States, providing a safe workplace for employees is required—and enforced—by OSHA. Relative to electrical workplace safety, OSHA issues citations based on the requirements of NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in…”

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Overcome Potential Problems with Power Quality

William Atkinson, Contributing Editor of Plant Services Magazine has written the article “Overcome Potential Problems with Power Quality” to discuss the issues that poor power quality can have on operations and production, what can cause these problems, and potential solutions to improve the situation.

“Power is a critical resource to an industrial plant, so power problems require power solutions. Many industrial facilities have their own on-site power-generation capabilities to reduce energy costs and to compensate for the potential of short-term utility outages.  Power quality can have different kinds of impact on operations and production. There are just as many causes of poor power quality as there are options to solve them, and many of them are extremely affordable.

Harmonic distortion

“Voltage imbalance is a huge issue…Click here to read the full article…


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Protecting Electrical Workers from Getting Shocked


This informative blog post by Robert LeRoy, CESCP dives into working on energized and deenergized equipment, “live work policies”, PPE and glove selections.

“Putting workers in insulated rubber gloves is not the answer to shock protection. Sounds a bit strange I know, but the answer to shock protection is to turn the circuits off, not work them energized with a mechanical device that can fail. The sad reality is at times we have no choice. Even in the isolation process exposing workers to energized parts is inevitable. The chosen meter must…..”

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Counterintuitive Maintenance


This article by John Crossan looks at how counterintuitive some proactive maintenance procedures may appear to be, and how that can lead to the difficulty in sustaining those practices.

“Obsessing about the counterintuitive nature of golf (no kidding) led me to begin thinking about the counter intuitiveness of other things in my life—including my work in the field of proactive maintenance (PM). To that end, I soon began to see that the biggest reason PM processes don’t occur naturally in our world (and when they do occur, often have trouble being sustained) is that they’re almost all counterintuitive. Examples include, but…”

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