Gearing Up Wire and Cable for the 2017 NEC

In the wire and cable industry, compliance can be a challenging thing. Staying up to date on industry codes and standards is critical to ensuring worker and facility safety. The National Electrical Code (NEC) provides guidance for electrical contractors, inspectors and engineers by standardizing safe electrical practices. And as the industry changes, codes and standards need to be updated. With the 2017 NEC now available, it’s important to know what changes are coming.


Contractors: Avoid These Material Management Roadblocks

It’s not uncommon for contractors to face material management obstacles. Projects are often delayed because of haphazard storage, damaged products and other issues. While some of these problems are out of a contractor’s control, others can be solved with outside expertise, preventative measures, and Lean practices.


Alternative Cooling Methods for Data Centers

Data center cooling has traditionally been tackled one way. Air conditioning units (or CRACs) are placed around the outside wall of the room and aligned with the hot aisle. They then pump cold air underneath a raised floor for distribution in the cold aisle. While this method is generally considered an effective technique, it has a big limitation. It makes air travel long distances through open spaces between the CRAC and the equipment needing cooling. This contributes to inefficiency. 


Lighting the Way to Mine Safety

For the mining industry, safety and lighting go hand in hand. Navigating harsh and hazardous conditions requires a well-lit work area. Slip and fall accidents are the second-leading cause of non-fatal mining-related injuries according to a report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


5 Essential Tips for the Outdoor Winter Worker

Article originally published Feb. 4, 2016, and updated for accuracy and relevance.

In the immortal words of "Game of Thrones," winter is here. Luckily for us, we don't have to worry about facing the army of the dead in 100-foot-high snow drifts. There are, however, plenty of outdoor workers who will be exposed to the harsh elements this season. As conditions start to deteriorate, brush up on these 5 essential tips for every outdoor winter worker.


 
 
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