In 1912, our founder Henry Miller started Miller Electric Company. From our founding, electrical safety has been important to us. In the more than 100 years since, we’ve been privileged to participate in much of Omaha’s growth, including a number of its landmark buildings and construction projects.
A lot has changed since we started, but one thing that has remained constant is a need to focus on safety. Electrical work is one of the more dangerous professions that a person can engage in; many of the safety regulations laid out by OSHA and NFPA are in response to injuries that workers have sustained on the job.
We always want every one of our employees and customers to go home safely at the end of each workday so we have deliberately chosen to make safety a foundation of our growth, and the growth of the business community, as much as we are able.
Electrical Safety as a Strategy for Growth
Far from burdensome, to us, safety is a mandate. The motivation behind every safety training class conduct is our conviction that even one death on a jobsite or while performing maintenance on a facility is one too many.
That is one of the primary reasons why, for nearly 15 years, we have been offering electrical safety training classes to our customers – because we believe responsible growth is the best way to expand and to support the health and well-being of our community.
Working Safe with NFPA 70E
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that its purpose for the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is “to provide a working area for employees that is safe from unacceptable risk associated with the use of electricity in the workplace…The core objective is practical, accomplishable electrical safety that results in the employee going home safe at the end of the day.”
We are on the same page with NFPA and OSHA when it comes to the purpose and importance of workplace safety in the electrical industry.
Miller Electric makes it a point to update and re-offer our safety classes to customers every time NFPA 70E updates, which is typically about every three years. Over eight hours, we discuss electrical safety issues that include:
- Boundary adjustments triggering requirements for PPE
- Incident energy calculation method vs. task table method
- Hazard Risk Table categories
- New equipment-based tables for determining arc flash PPE categories for A/C & D/C tables
- Criterion for employees to use insulated tools or handling equipment
In the time that we’ve been offering our electrical safety training courses, we’ve seen a huge change in the culture here in Omaha. We want to expand our community’s understanding of electrical safety as a healthy foundation for powering business growth so we regularly discuss topics that include:
- Training future electricians through the OJEATC
- Preventative maintenance as a safety strategy
- Arc flash safety incident
- How to Handle an Active Shooter
- How Code Compliance Can Save Your Life
Do you have an electrical safety question or would you like to learn more about our safety training courses? Contact us today!