Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights

First Page of 63 Last Show per page, 630 total

Pathway to Finding Women to Become Workers in the Electrical Industry

How do you spark an interest in an electrical career to your audience? An effective presentation is a dynamic presentation that involves the audience. To quote William Glasser’s How We Learn Theory, individuals learn “20 percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they see, 50 percent of what we see and hear, 70 percent of what we discuss, 80 percent of what we experience and 95 percent of what we teach others.” Out goes the lecture style of a presentation and in we bring the hands-on demonstration. Engage your audience in wiring a simple circuit so that they can flip a switch and turn the light on, to making a fluorescent light bulb glow while in the presence of the electromagnetic field of a plasma ball. No matter what the project is, make sure your audience is experiencing aspects within an electrical career (and while they are doing it, they are having fun).

Read More >>

How Your Image Impacts Your Bottom Line

Let’s set the scene: you have to pick a restaurant for a nice evening to celebrate. You want it to fit the celebration so it needs tablecloths, perfectly elegant lighting, subdued music and a charming but understated wait staff that serves freshly-prepared unique dishes. It has to be special.

Read More >>

Career Exposure

So often, young children are asked the perplexing question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The popular answers are police officer, doctor, astronaut, or another career that has a “hero” factor. When I was eight, nobody could have convinced me that I was not going to be the first cross-sport baseball and basketball star; I did not even know that the public relations field was a career choice.

Read More >>

Combating the Labor Shortage

As summer begins, so does the bulk of the workload for the majority of construction companies. Along with the many projects that run throughout the year, schools are racing to complete projects in a matter of months. In the housing market, low interest rates and consumer confidence have boosted the new home sales in many areas across the country creating a strong comeback, so finding additional skilled manpower has become the challenge many of us are already facing.

Read More >>

Reducing Risk: Prevention and Mitigation

We accept a level of risk in our daily lives in everything we do; the act of driving to work is a good example. The object is to reduce the risks of our actions, or inactions; reduce the potential that your action, your activity, or lack thereof will lead to an undesirable outcome. There are many ways to reduce the risks associated with the work you perform – it takes teamwork to make this happen. Your success can help take a bite out of the growing statistics of injuries and deaths in our electrical industry.

Read More >>

Storm Troopers

The cover of IEC member KenMor Electric's hurricane preparedness brochure features wispy clouds floating above a sparkling ocean and the words "The Calm Before the Storm." That phrase might apply to weather patterns, but for electrical contractors, it's a misnomer. As Hurricane Ike barreled toward the Gulf Coast in 2008, the Houston-based company's field crew was working frantically to protect its customers' homes and businesses by securing large signs, disconnecting feeder power lines, and walking properties to point out items at risk.

Read More >>

Shocking Statistics ... Don't Be One!

While arc flash awareness has been growing over the past decade (as well it should), the dangers of shock and electrocution should not be overlooked. According to the most recent statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), electrocution is the second leading cause of construction site fatalities in the U.S. In an average eight-hour day, 16 workers require time off the job to recover due to electrically-induced injuries.

Read More >>

The Dollars and Cents of Employees Texting While Driving

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommended a total ban on texting by commercial motor vehicle drivers while driving, and the Department of Labor launched an educational campaign aimed at encouraging employers to prohibit texting while driving. That same year, more than 3,000 people were killed in distraction-related vehicular crashes and an estimated 416,000 drivers and passengers were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. More recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated, “Employers who require their employees to text while driving – or who organize work so that doing so is a practical necessity even if not a formal requirement – violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

Read More >>

System Design and Arc Flash Labeling - The Importance of Protecting Against Worker Injuries

The incident energy from an arc flash event can cause severe worker injuries, shut down a facility, and cripple a business. Since the electrical industry is focused on safety and reliability, it is no surprise that everyone, from engineers and system designers to facility managers and electricians, is focused on minimizing the risk of arc flash incidents.

Read More >>

The Real Cost of Counterfeit Products From the Eyes of a Contractor

Manufacturers and trade associations have devoted much attention to counterfeit electrical products and their effects on consumers. The U.S. Customs' Consumer Safety and Critical Technology seizures of counterfeit electrical products are second only to pharmaceuticals. According to the Department of Homeland Security, over 3,400 seizures of Consumer Safety and Critical Technology products accounted for more than $146 million in 2012.

Read More >>

First Page of 63 Last Show per page, 630 total