Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Jan 22, 2016

Electrocution GloveIdeal Drain Tile Ltd., a manufacturer of high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, has pleaded guilty and was fined $110,000 for the death of a worker who was working alone and received a fatal electrical shock.

In July 2013, a worker at the company's Thorndale, ON premises was working alone on a machine from an elevated forklift platform. There was no operator at the controls of the forklift as required, and the machine the worker was working on was not powered off.

A plug and thermocouple had been removed from the machine and the plug had been disassembled. With the plug's parts removed, the prongs of the plug were exposed. The thermocouple would have been measuring the air temperature when removed, and the air temperature would have been below the set point. This triggered the machine's control panel to send power to the plug in order to heat the machine back to the set-point temperature.

The worker was found unresponsive on the elevated platform with the exposed and burnt prongs of the plug in hand. The worker had been provided generic lockout training but not on how to specifically lock out the machine being worked on.

Ideal Drain Tile Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the provisions of Ontario’s Industrial Establishments Regulation had been complied with.

Specifically, it failed to ensure that the controls of the forklift were attended to and operated by another worker while a worker was on the elevated platform.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

 

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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 Sean Freeman

Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his trade expertise beyond that of a simple career. Not only is he a Master Electrician but he has traveled around the world as an electrical technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. His skills are a vital part of emergency response and disaster relief.

In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at the Ebola Treatment Centre. There he was responsible for ensuring electricity and clean water were available, and worked to strengthen the infrastructure of the facility. 

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