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May is Electrical Safety Month; Celebrate with NECA

Apr 07, 2017


As the nation shines a light on the importance of safety throughout the year, the month of May, in particular, highlights electrical safety and features many events for members get excited about.

Starting Early with Construction Safety Week

The construction industry comes together during the first week of May for Construction Safety Week (May 1-5), an initiative designed to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. Its mission is to raise the awareness of the industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury and communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern.

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Stand-Down and Support Fall Prevention

During May 8-12 the industry will take part in another important event, the OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015. A safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention.”

Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

The movement is gaining a following online as well. Share your Stand-Down story on social media using the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.

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What happens in Vegas, doesn't have to stay there!

NSPC17The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is doing its part, as its annual safety conference takes place later in the month. The 2017 NECA Safety Professionals Conference, May 22-24, was specifically created for safety professionals working in today’s electrical construction industry. For the first time the NSPC will be held this year in Las Vegas, a city known for its vibrancy and flair that is sure to be a draw.

“By bringing the conference to Las Vegas, we hope it will entice more attendees to the conference since it is a destination city and there are plenty of activities of interest there,” says Wes Wheeler, NECA’s Director of Safety.

Organizers plan to bring in three nationally acclaimed keynote speakers who will offer safety perspectives that NECA members can use and implement back with their companies. Having time with exhibitors, vendors and fellow safety professionals will give attendees a wealth of contacts who can help them be more productive on the job back home.

“Our hope is that this conference continues to grow in offerings and attendees and makes a positive impact on safety in the electrical industry,” Wheeler says.

Visit to NECASafetyconference.com to get more information and register. Early registration rates end April 12 - and the hotel cut off date is, April 12.

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Celebrate all Month Long with ESFi

There's no shortage of valuable safety information and National Electrical Safety Month events to attend throughout the throughout the entire month.

Lets not forget the Electrical Safety Foundation International, a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace, spearheads the National Electrical Safety Month 2017 campaign which features a comprehensive collection of new and updated resources to help facilitate an effective electrical safety awareness campaign for your community, organization, school, or family.  Included is an extensive collection of useful fact sheets and related safety tips, plus templates and tools you can use to promote electrical safety and National Electrical Safety Month in your home, school, community, or workplace.  We have even provided media outreach materials and social media content to further spread our life-saving campaign messages.

Raising awareness about electrical hazards is the key to reducing home electrical fires, injuries and death, which is why ESFI developed this important campaign.

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