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Joseph Weigel

Joseph Weigel is a product manager for Square D Services marketing. He has been very involved in the development of the Arc Flash Safety program for Schneider Electric to educate customers on emerging arc flash safety standards. He is a veteran of more than 30 years in the electrical industry in the United States and China, and is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and IEEE/Power Engineering Society.


Arc Flash Overview

Five to ten times per day, an electrical arc-flash accident occurs that seriously injures or kills someone in the United States. Standards such as NFPA 70E and electrically safe work practices are now in place to reduce these accident statistics, and OSHA enforces these published safety standards.

Maintenance Concerns Should Be a Call to Action for Electrical Inspectors

Simply put, the lifeblood of industrial facilities is electrical power. Production processes, environmental controls and security, lighting and safety systems would grind to a halt without a clean, reliable and continuously available flow of electricity.

Concrete-Encased Electrodes Required

Electrical arc-flash and shock hazards have been recognized as particularly dangerous and fairly frequent occurrences that put the lives and health of electrical workers at significant risk. Statistics indicate that five to ten arc-flash accidents that involve a fatality or serious injury to an employee occur every day in the United States.