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Job-Site Hazards
Year-Over-Year Construction Employment Increases in 138 Out of 337 Metro Areas in March
Report Predicts 138 Million Electric Motorcycles and Scooters to be on the Road Worldwide by 2017
DOE Publishes Updated SSL R&D Plan
Wireless Devices Reach One Billion Mark in 2011
Residential Electrical Contract in Utah
Sports Lighting Retrofit in California
IPAF Publishes Guidance for Aerial Work Platforms
PV Modules 2010 Top 10 Rankings Released
OSHA Cites Lowe's for Electrical, PPE Violations
NFPA 2011 Conference & Expo
7x24 Exchange
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Coming Up in EC&M

Job-Site Hazards

With the country's emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation, construction spending for retrofit projects is on the rise. However, with these projects can sometimes come additional risks, such as contact with mold, lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. If you're an electrical contractor that has experience working in these environments, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Your comments may be used for publication in the article.

Around the Circuit

Year-Over-Year Construction Employment Increases in 138 Out of 337 Metro Areas in March

Construction employment increased in 138 out of 337 metropolitan areas between March 2010 and March 2011, decreased in 153, and stayed level in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. But association officials say that the industry’s five-year employment slump is far from over, and could worsen as public construction winds down.

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Report Predicts 138 Million Electric Motorcycles and Scooters to be on the Road Worldwide by 2017

As electric passenger cars become increasingly familiar to consumers around the world, electric motorcycles and scooters are also growing in popularity. E-motorcycles and e-scooters are already used in significant numbers in China and other parts of Asia Pacific, due in large part to urbanization trends, and people in many countries are accustomed to using two-wheel vehicles as a primary mode of transportation. In other regions, improving customer perception, government incentives, and high petroleum fuel costs all contribute in some part to the demand growth for electric motorcycles and scooters. According to a new report from Pike Research, Boulder, Colo. the number of e-motorcycles and e-scooters on the road will increase from 17 million in 2011 to 138 million by 2017.

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DOE Publishes Updated SSL R&D Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the March 2011 edition of the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP). The report provides a description of the activities the department plans to undertake over the next several years to implement its SSL mission, and informs the development of annual SSL R&D funding opportunities.

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Wireless Devices Reach One Billion Mark in 2011

Shipments of electronic products with embedded wireless local area networking technology (WLAN) will surpass one billion units for the first time ever in 2011 and then rise to more than two billion in 2015, as ubiquitous connectivity increasingly becomes a standard feature, a new IHS iSuppli report indicates.

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Project Watch

Residential Electrical Contract in Utah

The Six County Association of Governments, Richfield, Utah, is accepting bids for the electrical contract of up to six Mutual Self Help homes in Ephraim, Utah. Bids must be received by 5 p.m. MDT on May 2. For more information, visit Utah Legal Notices.

Sports Lighting Retrofit in California

The City of Westminster, Calif., is soliciting bids for the sports lighting systems retrofit at Park West Park and Bolsa Chica Park. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. PST on May 5. For more information, visit the city's website.

Web Exclusives

IPAF Publishes Guidance for Aerial Work Platforms

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has published a U.S. edition of guidance aimed at avoiding trapping or crushing incidents when aerial work platforms (AWPs) are used in confined overhead spaces. "The Best Practice Guidance for AWPs: Avoiding Trapping/Crushing Injuries to People in the Platform" is available in the Publications section of the IPAF website and at www.awpt.org.

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PV Modules 2010 Top 10 Rankings Released

According to a recent analysis of the global photovoltaic (PV) supply chain by IMS Research, Suntech was the largest PV module supplier in 2010, growing its shipments by more than 130% over the previous year to ship more MWs than any of its competitors. First Solar, which held the top spot in 2009, fell to second place, increasing its shipments by less than 50% although the total market more than doubled.

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Eye on Safety

OSHA Cites Lowe's for Electrical, PPE Violations

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has cited Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Lowe's Home Centers, Inc. with 13 alleged safety violations at its Castle Rock, Colo., store. OSHA proposed $82,700 in penalties for the violations following its inspection, which was conducted based on high injury and illness rates reported at the site.

Seven repeat violations were cited for numerous inaccuracies in required injury and illness record keeping, and with electrical safety issues involving access to equipment and damage to wire insulation. Three serious violations were related to issues with emergency exits, machine guarding, and installation of proper electrical receptacles. Three other-than-serious violations included failure to perform a personal protective equipment assessment, failure to properly label hazardous chemicals, and lack of detail on required record keeping.

Shows & Events

NFPA 2011 Conference & Expo

The 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo will take place from June 12-15 in Boston. Topics of seminars at this year's event include advanced fire alarm systems, commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems, and industrial control panel UL 508A and shirt-circuit current ratings. For more information and to register, visit the website.

7x24 Exchange

The 7x24 Exchange 2011 Spring Conference is scheduled for June 12-15 in Orlando, Fla. Seminars in this year's event include "Minimizing Common Downtime Risks in Critical Facilities," "Upgrading a DC Capacity in a Live Environment," and "Data Center Cabling - Transitioning From Copper to Fiber." For more information and to register, visit the 7x24 Exchange.


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