Category Archives: Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talk: Hazard Recognition

It should go without saying that workers do not intentionally injure themselves. Unfortunately, many workers are seriously injured each year and many people still believe that accidents “just happen.” But accidents do not just happen! What Goes Wrong? Usually, an error that … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Heat Stress

Summer is fast approaching, so it’s more important than ever to be knowledgeable about heat stress and heat stroke. Although summer heat is the largest cause of heat distress disorder, it may also occur when workers are exposed to confined areas … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: General Safety

*To wrap up National Electrical Safety Month, let’s review some general safety concerns. Remember, you can also access several new Toolbox Talks at IEC National’s website. An effective Accident Prevention Program should include the defined responsibilities for management, supervisors, and employees. … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Ladder Safety

Knowledge of ladder safety is extremely important for electricians. To learn the ABCs of portable ladder safety, check out IEC National’s latest toolbox talk on their National Electrical Safety page. Then, take a look at some tips from us here … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Understanding Electricity and Breaker Panels

The process of forcing electrons to move through a material creates electricity. A standard generator performs this process. The best material for carrying electricity is a “conductor.” Most metals are excellent conductors and the most common material used for electrical wiring is … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Slips and Falls

WATCH YOUR STEP!! DON’T SLIP & FALL Slips and falls are one of the most frequent causes of accidents, both on and off the job. To avoid getting hurt from falls, avoid rushing and remember the following: WATCH WHERE YOU WALK Be … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Caring For Your Back

“OUCH!!! Why did I try to lift that much weight on my own?” Did you ever ponder those words after you hoisted something heavy, or lifted from an awkward position? These incidents are well known causes of back strain, but you might not … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Being Mentally Prepared for Emergencies

Would you know what to do if an emergency occurred while you were on the job? Do you know what actions to take if a co-worker was seriously injured, a fire ignited, or a structure collapsed? Are you prepared to react? Emergencies and disasters … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: Power Tool Safety Tips

Portable power tools are one of the greatest time and energy savers around. Since they’re so readily available and useful, we tend to forget that they’re powered, and have the potential to amputate, break bones, electrocute, and kill. Some of the serious accidents using … Continue reading

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Toolbox Talk: A Refresher on GFCIs

The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker that senses small imbalances in an electrical circuit caused by the electrical current leaking to ground. If this imbalance occurs, the GFCI shuts off the electricity within a fraction of a second. … Continue reading

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