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OSHA 30 in Omaha

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The OSHA 30 Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

The OSHA 30 Training Program employees attend 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s OSHA authorized trainer.  The 30 hour class is intended for employees with responsibility for safety in the field or as a refresher class for their personal well-being. The past 2 months Jeff Bennett provided OSHA 30 training for 16 employees from our Omaha office.  This was the fourth OSHA 30 Training class in the past couple years in Omaha.

The 16 employees that attended the OSHA 30 Training were Charles Ball, George Turner, Mick Coffman, Daniel Erdbruger, Bret Falk, Nick Guthrie, Dave Hibler, Lynn Kahnk, Brad Madej, James Mahr, Nick Vincent, Aaron Miller, Chris Saab, Doug Stephens, Dan VanGrud and Richard Roan.

We are proud of the commitment made to achieve the OSHA 30 Certification and recognize those who attended with an OSHA 30 Safety Vest.

Congratulations to all…

OSHA 30 in Omaha…

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The OSHA 30 Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and attended on their own time.

The OSHA 30 Training Program employees attend 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s authorized trainer.  The 30 hour class is intended for employees with responsibility for safety in the field or as a refresher class for their personal well-being.

The past 3 weekends Jeff Bennett provided OSHA 30 training for 19 employees from our Omaha office.  This was the second OSHA 30 Training class in the past year in Omaha and this class was asked for by a group of our employees.  We think it’s great when a group of employees ask for Safety Training.

The 19 employees that attended the OSHA 30 Training were Joe Perchal, Kevin Dawson, Russ Armstrong, Garrett Taub, Chris Estelle, Austin Taylor, Riley Fischer, Ryan Gilbert, Tom Plambeck, John McCaul, John Hilt, Charlie Wenck, Dwayne Goodman, Dean McCarthy, Bill O’Shea, Christian Thomas, Chris Osborn, Corey Osborn and Steve Tebben.

We are proud of the commitment made to achieve the OSHA 30 Certification and recognize those who attended with an OSHA 30 Hooded Sweatshirt.

Congratulations to all…

A Flash, a fireball and a boom…

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What is it?  Where does it come from?  What causes it to happen?  Is it dangerous?  What’s it called?

ARC FLASH – Some of you may have heard the term “Arc Flash”, but what is it?  Arc Flash is the result of a rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between a phase bus bar and another phase bus bar, neutral or a ground. During an arc fault the air is the conductor.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) put into effect a regulation in 2014 that requires companies that have the electrical capacity to produce an arc flash, to provide their employees and contractors with information that explains the amount of incident energy (the arc) and the proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to wear and the required boundaries (to keep employees safe from entering).

Facts about Arc Flash:

  • Electrical arcs produce some of the highest temperatures known to occur on earth, up to 35,000°F. This is 4 times the temperature of the surface of the sun which is about 9000°F.
  • Fatal burns can occur when the victim is several feet from the arc. Serious burns are common at a distance of 10 feet.  Staged tests have shown temperatures greater than 437°F on the neck and hands of a person standing close to an arc blast.
  • Arcs spray droplets of molten metal at a high speed. Molten metal from an arc can be propelled for distances up to 10 feet. Blast shrapnel can penetrate the body.
  • Blast pressure waves have thrown workers across rooms and knocked them off ladders. Pressure on the chest can be higher than 2000 lbs./sq. ft.

Thompson Specialty Services provides Arc Flash Risk Assessments for our existing clients and also for new clients.  To have a better understanding of what an arc flash is, please click on the link below and see the Thompson Specialty Services video on arc flash.

https://youtu.be/eal3yADnlFs

OSHA 30 for Sioux Falls

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In February, Jeff Bennett, Director of Safety for Thompson Electric, concluded OSHA 30 training for 21 Sioux Falls employees. Training that consisted of 4 consecutive Saturday 7 ½ hour training classes.  Dan Wrightsman, Nate Hof, Jerod Brazee, Brian Gaede, Dustin Houser, Keith Gorter, Cory Schmeling, Dennis Schmidt, Todd Hochstein, Derek Bundesen, Jeremiah Lindberg, Adam Carpenter, John P Morgan, Kyle Evans, Dustin Forde, Jon Parsons, Josh Ness, James Barber, Gene Lustfield, Wes Kloucek and Scott Ducheneaux all received their certificates for the OHSA 30 training.

As a company, Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations now have 58 employees with OHSA 30 certified training.  This is an outstanding accomplishment to have approximately 20% of our field employees now OSHA 30 certified.  Our congratulations to all, who dedicated their time to complete the class.

The next safety initiative is updating our employees on the changes in the NFPA 70E 2015 Edition.  Safety is and always will be in the front and center for Thompson Electric and our employees.  Until the next safety training session, be safe, work safe and return home safe.  That’s the TEC Corp family of company’s safety goal.

OSHA 30 Training

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This past Saturday, in a continuing effort to maintain the high safety standards for Thompson Electric, we concluded a 4 week OSHA 30 training session in Omaha.  What made this training unique was the fact that the training was requested by some of the field staff in Omaha and as a result of their request, we had 16 employees, Corey Ainsworth, Eloy Avalos, Russ Armstrong, Tom Babb, Kirk Black, Jeff Bonham, Jamen Cates, Alex Hibler, Dave Hibler, Rocky Mathews, Cody Nielson, Joshua Painter, Eli Rahman, Mike Staiert and Nick Vincent, all came in on their own time to achieve the OSHA Outreach Training Program certification.

What is OSHA 30 and why is it important?  The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.  OSHA 30 is 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s Safety Director, an OSHA authorized trainer. The OSHA 30 training is intended for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility.

As a result of the success in Omaha, some of the field staff in Sioux Falls has requested that they have the opportunity to go through the OSHA 30 training.  Jeff is currently working with them on dates and a location to hold the training.  Jeff is currently gauging the interest in Sioux City for the training as well.

I asked Skip Perley, CEO, what he thought about the request by some of our field staff for the training?  “AWESOME”, I couldn’t be prouder of our employees who requested the additional training.  It shows a commitment to Thompson Electric’s safety program and also to themselves to help understand the workplace hazards. Just “AWESOME”.

In appreciation of these guys coming in on their own time, Skip wanted to do something special for them, so we presented them with a Carhartt flannel lined canvas jacket/shirt, TE OSHA 30 Trained, Committed to Safety.  Congratulations and don’t they look great in their new TE jackets?

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