Monday, January 11, 2021

Electrical is Always Changing!

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Being an electrician for over 20 years, it never ceases to amaze me how fast electrical products and installation practices change year to year and sometimes month to month. The longer that I am in the trade the more I see the importance of staying up with trends, new products and also keeping up with continuing education. Looking back at jobs I have worked on years ago compared to jobs today, I am amazed sometimes how I have had to evolve and change how I used to install equipment, raceways, bonding methods, environmental controls, and emergency backup systems.


The learning never stops, systems constantly need to be replaced or upgraded. Some of the electricians I work with say to me that they liked how things used to be without all the over-the-top safety standards, safety gear they are forced to use, constant safety training and daily hazard assessments. I admit that even I get a little frustrated with safety protocols at times but the truth is with these ever-evolving safety standards on jobsites I am insulated from being exposed to electrical hazards every day. I remember just a few years back it was acceptable to work in a hot electrical panel with just a pair of leather gloves and just a couple years before that we were told to just work in a live panel with one hand behind your back! wow, things really have changed. I remember as an apprentice standing on a ladder bare handed cutting a service drop to a 200-amp meter on a house. At the time I was taught to be aware of what I was doing, confident in my electrical knowledge, and my training. I was very lucky to have been able to be mentored by a handful of some of the best electricians in the trade who taught me the right way to be an electrician and that short cuts are never expectable and only cause property damage and can even get people killed.

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1 comment:

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