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Accidents Happen in an (Arc) Flash | Pieper-Houston Electric

Accidents Happen in an (Arc) Flash

Safety advancements along with new technology have reduced the number of arc flash incidents that occur each year. Unfortunately they still happen, often sending workers to the emergency room for care.
What is an Arc Flash?
According to OSHA, it’s “a phenomenon where a flashover of electrical current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.”
What Causes an Arc Flash?

  • Dust
  • Dropping tools
  • Accidental touching
  • Condensation
  • Material failure
  • Corrosion
  • Faulty installation

Arc flashes are dangerous and can cause serious injury and damage. In addition to burning workers who are nearby, they can also send objects flying, including molten metal, and can easily cause a building fire.
Because of the serious risks associated with arc flashes, the National Fire Protection Association has laid out NFPA 70E, a guide to safety practices and procedures for the prevention of arc flash accidents. Among those practices are procedures are the use of personal protective equipment and clear labeling on equipment such as panel boards, switchboards and industrial control panels.
At Pieper, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, helping to ensure that you are in compliance with NFPA 70E and keeping your maintenance staff safe. Call our service department today to schedule an arc flash hazard analysis.
Jeff Hisaw
Service Department Director
713.875.5263 | jeffh@pieperhouston.com