February 2024


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Working Around Live
Electricity Is a Serious Hazard

Working with electricity or electrical equipment poses hazards every day in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricity accounted for nearly 4,000 job-related injuries in the U.S. in 2019 and an additional 166 deaths.

Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards in their work environment, which only increases their risks. Engineers, electricians, construction workers, and other professionals work directly with or near electricity, such as overhead power lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Others, such as factory, office, and retail workers, are often exposed indirectly to electrical hazards through faulty equipment or over-burdened extension cords. Accidental contact with electrical currents can cause electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions.

Generators are commonly used as a replacement source of electricity when electrical power is lost. Most generators are gasoline or diesel powered with internal combustion engines which turn an alternator to produce electricity. One of the hazards from gasoline or diesel-powered engines is carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced during the operation of gasoline powered generators. When inhaled, the gas reduces your ability to transport oxygen. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea and fatigue that can lead to unconsciousness and ultimately prove fatal. The following information is a list of best practices to identify hazards when operating around power lines and electrical equipment.

•DO NOT operate a generator indoors. Generators should be placed outdoors in a location where the exhaust gases cannot enter a home or building. Good ventilation is key to operating a generator safely.
•Be sure the main circuit breaker is OFF and locked out prior to starting any generator. This will prevent inadvertent energization of power lines from back feed electrical energy from generators and help protect utility line workers from electrocution.
•Turn off generators and let them cool prior to refueling.

Electrical Equipment
Due to the dynamic, rugged nature of construction work, normal use of electrical equipment causes wear and tear that results in insulation breaks, short-circuits, and exposed
wires. If there is no ground-fault protection, it can cause a ground-fault that sends current through a worker’s body. Full story »


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TOWSON, MD -- DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, is celebrating its 100th anniversary of business.

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Ansys Announces Deeper Collaboration with Humanetics to Enhance Human Safety

FSM Staff | 02.20.24

PITTSBURGH, PA -- Ansys announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a minority ownership interest in Humanetics from Bridgepoint, the global private equity firm that first invested in Humanetics in 2018.

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Cadre Holdings to Acquire Alpha Safety

FSM Staff | 02.20.24

JACKSONVILLE, FL --Cadre Holdings, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of safety and survivability equipment, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alpha Safety Intermediate, LLC, the operating parent of Alpha Safety, a safety solutions company.

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Contractor’s Disregard for Safety Laws Leads To $1M Penalty After Fed Inspection

FSM Staff | 02.20.24

PATERSON, NJ -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a New Jersey contractor for again exposing workers to fall hazards, this time while working at a construction site in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Launches Audiobook During American Heart Month Celebration

FSM Staff | 02.16.24

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Award-winning author and founder of Edlinguist Solutions LaNysha Adams, Ph.D. launched the nationwide release the audiobook version of her acclaimed bestseller, ME POWER during American Heart Month.

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