Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA)

CSDA Introduces New Electrical Safety Video

Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) announces the release of the new Electrical Safety video. The aim of this video is to spark interest in electrical safety among the industry and make employees aware of current safety procedures.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrocutions accounted for over 170 fatal occupational injuries in 2011 across the U.S. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued almost 3,500 citations for breaches of its electrical standards between 2011 and 2012. Therefore it should come as no shock that CSDA has produced a video to help contractors avoid and manage electrical hazards on the jobsite.

Electrical Safety is the latest in a series of training and certification resources from CSDA. Since its launch in 1995, the CSDA training program has expanded to offer both hands-on and online classes - totaling 34 products. More than 3,700 classes have been completed to date, and CSDA has sold over 1,500 hard copy safety videos to the industry.

This new video follows on from previous guidance on electrical safety included in the association’s 230-page safety manual, its safety handbook and several of its toolbox safety tips. In addition, through its ongoing Alliance partnership with the OSHA, CSDA released an OSHA Alliance Best Practice on electrical safety in 2010. This document is available to download from the CSDA Website.

“This is an important video for contractors who operate electric-powered equipment and for employees working on jobsites with electrical hazards—which is almost everyone,” says Dan Cowperthwait of Atlantic Concrete Cutting and chairman of CSDA’s Safety Committee. “Following the guidance provided in Electrical Safety could be the difference between life and death.”

Electricity is widely recognized as a serious workplace hazard and employees can be exposed to electric shocks, burns, fires and explosions on the jobsite. Like most industries, the concrete demolition and renovation industry is experiencing an increase in electric-powered equipment. More than ever before, it is crucial that employees be trained in hazard recognition and safety procedures related to electricity.

The 20-minute Electrical Safety video is available online or in DVD format for employers to purchase and conduct electrical safety training.

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