In the Eye on Safety section of the August 15 issue of
Electrical Zone, we listed a product recall from Ferraz Shawmut,
Newburyport, Mass., as being “recently announced” when, in fact,
the manufacturer's recall was placed in January 2008. In addition,
similar products from other manufacturers were also involved in the
recall. For more information on all the recalled products, visit the
15 posting on the U.S. Department of Labor's Web
AEMC's PowerPad Model 3945-B — Three-Phase
Power Quality Analyzer
AEMC's PowerPad® Model 3945-B Power Quality Analyzer
measures True RMS single and three-phase parameters at 256
samples/cycle. The meter is menu-driven with direct access functions
that are activated at the push of a button. It has a large,
easy-to-read color graphical display and includes
DataView® software FREE for data storage, real-time
display, analysis and report generation. Click
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Around the Circuit
Billings Index Continues to Show Decline
Despite having its highest score since January, the
Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for July marks the sixth month of
consecutive negative scores. The July ABI rating was 46.8, up slightly
from the 46.1 mark in June (any score above 50 indicates an increase in
billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 54.6.
more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.
Fifth On CLRC's "Most Wanted" List
In response to a survey sent by Washington, D.C.-based
Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) to more than 6,000 union
contractors of all crafts, only one-third of the respondents say that
currently there is an ample supply of craft labor for their projects.
Spot shortages out-numbered frequent shortages by a two-to-one margin
among the remaining two-thirds of respondents. Of the crafts most
associated with labor shortages, electricians came in fifth.
more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web
Excellence in Ethics Certificate for Exemplary Subcontractors
In an effort to recognize construction subcontractors
that strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in business, the
American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Arlington, Va., recently
released criteria and requirements for a new ASA Excellence in Ethics
Certificate on its Web
To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web
2008 IEEE Annual
Election Period Now Open
Ballots for the 2008 IEEE Annual Election have been
mailed to all eligible voting IEEE members and may also be accessed
electronically on the IEEE Web site. To
validate their identity, members may use their IEEE Web Account
username/password, or the Control Number and e-signature located on
their paper ballot to access voting information. Voting for the IEEE
Annual Election will end on October 1 at 12 p.m. CDT. Ballots received
after the deadline will not be counted. For more information, contact
Carrie Loh, IEEE Annual Election, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (732)
To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web
ILSCO has reinvented the compression category
with a new ClearChoice® solution.
SureCrimp® copper compression connectors reduce
inventory requirements by accepting multiple conductor classes
including fine stranded and building wire. UL Listed, CSA Certified,
range taking when installed with approved tools and dies.
Circumferential dies produce a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out
strength. The increased contact area reduces resistance and eliminates
the potential for flash. www.ilsco.com
Generation Upgrade in Iowa
The Facilities Management department at the University
of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia., is requesting proposals for an electrical
generation upgrade worth more than $3 million. Deadline for proposals
September 3. For more information, visit the university’s Web
The City of Ferndale, Wash., is soliciting statements
qualifications (SOQ) from electrical engineering consultants. Submitted
qualifications will be placed on file for up to five years and will be
used as a source from which to select one or more qualified
professionals from whom a detailed proposal will be requested for any
specific project or required services. This includes on-call services.
Firms are encouraged to update their SOQ annually. SOQs should be
directed to the Public Works Director, P.O. Box 936, 2095 Main St.,
Ferndale, WA 98248.
Save on Stainless Steel Cable
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Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently announced
its subsidiary Gibson Electric Co., Downers Grove, Ill., was awarded
contract to install all power, lighting, structured cabling, and life
safety systems for a new 650,000 square-foot office expansion project
for international law firm Kirkland & Ellis in downtown Chicago. Gibson
will be the lead electrical contractor for the project.
Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
Eye on Safety
Member Promotes Alliance Program to Congress
In June, Mike Kallmeyer, senior vice president for
construction at Denier Electric, Cincinnati, testified before Congress
on the importance of job-site safety and the role of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in promoting safe job sites.
hearing, called by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor,
examined the effectiveness of current job-site safety rules and OSHA’s
“At Denier Electric, workplace safety is part of our
culture because it is the right thing to do for our employees and for
our business,” said Kallmeyer, a 28-year veteran in the electrical
field. “Job-site safety is one of the key components of any successful
contractor’s business model.”
In his testimony before Congress,
Kallmeyer stressed that effective action from the government starts
aggressively promoting educational partnerships and increasing
available to employers. One of the keys to IEC’s safety program is its
Alliance program with the OSHA. As part of this program, IEC educates
its members about OSHA regulations as well as relaying the best
practices promoted by OSHA. In addition, as part of its Alliance
program, IEC works with OSHA officials to produce Web-based e-Tools and
the IEC Jobsite Safety Handbook.
Shows & Events
The 2008 National Electrical Contractors Association
(NECA) Convention and Trade Show will take place October 4-7 in
Topics for sessions at this year's event include NFPA 70E compliance,
reducing project risk, and increasing profits with new technology. For
more information on the trade show and education tracks and to
visit the NECA Web site.
The 2008 Solar Power International Conference and Expo,
formerly known as Solar Power 2008, is scheduled for October 13-16 in
San Diego. Sessions at the conference include "Economics of Solar:
Making The Financial Case for Residential Solar," "The Great
Silicon Debate," and "Right-Sizing the Inverter to the Application."
more information and to register, visit the Solar Power Web
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
will present its 2008 Fall Conference from October 19-22 in Montreal,
Canada. Topics for educational sessions include implementing Building
Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD),
recruiting and retaining staff, green design and green building
certification, and reducing risk and improving profits. For more
information and to register, visit the ACEC Web
In two informative and interest-filled days with Mike Holt, you'll
about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an
electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility
maintenance person. You'll also earn continuing education hours and
professional development hours.
Two conferences are coming up:
--September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
--September 8-9 in San Antonio
For more information and to register online, visit the Code
Change Conferences Web
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