Let’s clear the smoke on this issue – the expanding societal acceptance and legalization of marijuana usage (medical or recreational) poses a substantial workplace safety issue on construction job sites. Contractors should take immediate action to address this expanding risk.
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Where is the electrical industry going and who is going to take us there? Well, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) have teamed up in identifying some of our very own emerging leaders and asking them questions about leadership and the pathway to a better future for our industry.
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Hazards and risks are two terms that we all have to understand. It’s not necessarily just something for the electrical worker. Hazards are all around us and we all accept some level of risk each and every day but many use these terms without really understanding them. This article will help identify the differences between hazards and risks and provide some insight to how NFPA 70E looks at these two terms.
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Crimping, done correctly and according to manufacturers’ specifications, is reliable and effective, but the process is not nearly as simple as it looks. Crimping electrical connections reliably on a mass scale actually requires a fairly sophisticated blend of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in order to work well.
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Welcome to 2019, a new year, and hopefully a happy and prosperous one, at your business and at IEC. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be elected by my peers to serve our Association in another capacity; that of National President.
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The Apprenticeship & Training (A&T) Committee welcomed several new members in January. Three members cycled off the committee: Joe Chandler of IEC Dallas, Brian Haines of Pyramid Electric, and Dale Weis of Encore Electric. Their replacements are Kathy Gurba of IEC Southern Colorado, Jake Jackson of IEC Rocky Mountain, and Cesar Ramirez of Precision Power Solutions.
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In June, IEC held its third Certified Professional Electrician (CPE) exam of 2018, this time at host chapter IEC of Greater Cincinnati. Three of the chapter’s apprentices passed the exam and Training Director Kevin Collins could not be prouder. In addition, one apprentice from Dayton IEC/MECA also passed.
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Attend IEC’s Legislative Fly-in, scheduled for May 22 & 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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PEF sponsors helped raise nearly $40,000 for PRIDE PAC, funded professionally crafted comments on critical regulatory proposals, and enabled participation in important amicus briefs before the National Labor Relations Board.
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Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions favorably reported the nomination of John P. Pallasch to be Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the Department of Labor.
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