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Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

To truly know an electrical contractor, you must know their story.

All of us here have been on a journey within the electrical industry. Although everyone’s journey is different, the path we travel is largely the same. We work, we learn, and we move ahead. Some of us started in a family business, others got into the business because it is what their father, grandfather, or another relative did for a living. For me, it was purely by chance that I ended up in the electrical industry.

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Department of Labor Releases Final WIOA Regulations

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Final 'Blacklisting' Rule Released

Late last month, the final regulations and guidance were issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) and the Department of Labor (DOL) to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which President Obama signed in July 2014...

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Act Now! Tell Congress to Stop DOL’s Massive Overtime Increase!

IEC needs your help to urge Congress to act immediately to modify the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, which is set to take effect December 1, 2016...

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The Cost of Ergonomics in the Electrical Industry

Over the past decade, the electrical industry has done a great job of recognizing the ergonomic safety issues caused by the use of manual tools. The negative effects these tools have caused on the body and risk to ergonomic injury make workers more injury prone and create hidden dangers on job sites. During this same period of time, some electrical tool manufacturers have listened to the voice of the electrical industry and have constantly innovated and invented new tools and features to improve the safety, accountability, and ergonomics of electrical tools in the marketplace.

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The Great Idea Swap

Over one hundred attendees from twenty-two companies were represented at MCA’s annual symposium (Fig 1). Attendees included owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and distributors. Contractors in attendance varied from electrical to mechanical, and included all stakeholders from executive management to foremen. They all collaborated on topics on increasing productivity and profitability within the construction industry.

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Online Tools That Save Time and Money

There are many specialized hand and power tools that electrical contractors (EC) use every day to help save time and money. Beyond these physical implements, however, there is a wealth of online tools available, which can be equally valuable.

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Empowering Electrical Contractors with Smart Technology

It’s no secret that the nature of work is shifting. Across all industries, the makeup of the workforce continues to evolve as baby boomers increasingly retire and millennials become the largest demographic among U.S. employees. Amidst the Digital Age, new connected technologies and the proliferation of available information have transformed buzzwords like the cloud, digitization, Internet of Things, and big data into inescapable components of business operation and strategy. Established industry titans are looking for ways to maintain their market share against emerging disruptors with new products, services, and business models.

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Test Before Touch

Think back in time to when you had that “aha” moment and began a statement with those two, sometimes embarrassing, words, “I thought.” Maybe you thought the door was locked and it wasn’t. Maybe you thought the car was in “Park” or in “Reverse.” Some of life’s most embarrassing moments begin with those two words “I thought.” When working in and around electricity, those “gotcha” moments can be avoided if we understand what it means to test before touch.

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