Why Safety Should Be the Highest Priority When Selecting an Electrical Contractor
When you are looking to hire an electrician, safety should always be a top priority. Electrical work is recognized by OSHA and other standards organizations as one of the most hazardous trades. As a result, homeowners can be exposed to financial and liability risks, and risks to their property, if an accident occurs while an electrical contractor is on site. Look for these attributes when selecting a contractor.
Do you need an electrician that you can trust to work safely?
Transworld Electric has always been committed to keeping our employees and electricians safe from electrical hazards. Since 1987, our mission has always been to provide the best possible electrical service and we have strict safety and quality controls to make sure we are delivering the best. In addition to our standard safety procedures, we have added additional safety procedures to help protect our employees and customers from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Safety | COVID-19 has changed the way many people do business and we have implemented new safety standards to protect electricians and customers from COVID-19. All electricians follow CDC safety guidelines and arrive with a face mask and hand sanitizer. They will social distance while on the job site and we will never send sick or exposed electricians to a job site. All company vehicles are sanitized inside and out in our warehouse at the end of the day.
Licensed Electricians | A culture of safety starts with your employees. Transworld Electric only employs licensed electricians or electrician apprentices. We do not allow electrician helpers on staff and have demonstrated that only licensed electricians understand the National Electric Codes and have the training necessary to keep themselves and others safe.
In the state of South Carolina, it is not required to be a licensed electrician to work on electricity. The state allows the employees to work under the owner of the electrical contractor’s license. Therefore, unless you ask, the technician that shows up at your site may, or may not, be licensed.
Bonded & Insured | Working with electricity can be dangerous and although injuries are rare, it is important to be protected. Transworld Electric is fully insured so that all parties are protected against loss. Some electrical contractors and handymen carry insufficient or no insurance.
In-House Apprentice Training | Employees that have not yet received their electrician license are enrolled in our electrician apprentice program; we have in-house apprentice training to help them prepare for a career as a licensed electrician.
Safety Training | In addition to being licensed electricians, all electricians on staff are NFPA 70E, OSHA 10, and OSHA 30 certified. All electricians also are required to complete 5 hours of annual safety classes.
Tool Box Talks | Every week our electricians are sent Tool Box Talks which is a safety meeting that focuses on safety topics related to a specific job, such as workplace hazards and safe work practices. These tools promote a safety culture as well as facilitate health and safety discussions on job sites.
Continuing Education | Transworld Electric requires electricians to complete an additional 24 hours of continuing education every year.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) | All electricians arrive in a company uniform that is arc flash and fire-rated and professionally cleaned weekly by a 3rd party so as to not degrade the rating. In addition to the uniform, they are equipped with gloves, hard hats, safety glasses, and any additional PPE that may be required for that job (arc flash suit, earplugs, etc.).
2- Man Crew | We always do our best to have our electricians run as a two-man crew. This is for the safety of our electricians and the safety of the customer. All of our electricians are CPR and First Aid certified and prepared to assist if an emergency arises. OSHA Paragraphs 1910.269(l)(1)(i) and (ii) establish certain types of work where at least two employees must be present. OSHA determined that there was a need, with some types of work, for having an extra employee present. The preamble to the final standard presented OSHA’s rationale: in the event of an electric shock incident, the two-person requirement provides, “the immediate availability of a person trained in CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation].” The Agency also noted that an additional worker, “should be able to point out poor work practices to their fellow employees.”
Please feel free to contact Transworld Electric for any safety-specific questions you may have.
By Brad Wilson|2021-03-02T14:32:06+00:00March 1st, 2021|Recent|Comments Off on How safe is your electrician?