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Electrical Safety Subject of April 20 CONN-OSHA Roundtable Discussion

For immediate release
April 8, 2010

WETHERSFIELD -- Being aware of your surroundings and potential dangers are a must for any contractor working with electricity. Whether you’re relatively new to the field, or a veteran who has been on-the-job for quite a while, any reminder about the hazards you could face can definitely come in handy.  

That’s the purpose of a Breakfast Roundtable Discussion meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) scheduled for 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. April 20 at the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard. 

Warren Rogers of CL&P/Northeast Utilities, and CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist John Able will outline what contractors need to know – including electrical safety, overhead power lines, portable power tools and temporary power. 

“Although many construction professionals feel familiar with electricity, it never hurts to refocus on the potential hazards, OSHA violations, and ways to avoid them,” noted Able, who also coordinates the breakfast series.  “We will also discuss what contractors need to know when a job involves working adjacent to power line, as well as when someone is handling tasks such as painting, siding, installing or maintaining gutters and cutting trees. In the CONN-OSHA portion, we’ll address so-called ‘low hanging fruit’ issues that can cause serious injury and expose employers to potential OSHA citations. We’ll also talk about ground-fault circuit interrupters, extension cords, use of junction boxes, covers, exposed live parts, waterproof plugs and others.”

Also continuing this month, Able adds, will be the discussion portion of the breakfast roundtable program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit a question for discussion and everyone in the room will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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