Awards are presented to member companies that consistently have OSHA-recordable injury and fatality rates at levels
lower than industry standard and implement internal company
safety practices above and beyond basic compliance.
The Zero-Injury Award recognizes those member companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable
The Safety Excellence Award is the NECA’s premier recog-
nition program and acknowledges member-contractors safety
performance. Winners are selected based on their comparison
to BLS data and electrical contractors. This award considers
the following man-hour categories:
• 1 to 25,000 man-hours
• 25,001 to 50,000 man-hours
• 50,001 to 100,000 man-hours
• 100,001 to 150,000 man hours
• over 150,001 man-hours
There are four parts to the award selection criteria: incident
rates (recordable cases, lost workdays, non-fatal cases without
lost workdays, fatalities), experience modification rate (EMR),
OSHA citations, operations and best practices. Frequency and
severity ratings are important, but the rates will not be the sole
source for determining winners.
“Members are increasingly experiencing the importance of
having a good safety program and the benefits that go along
with it,” NECA Safety Director Wesley L. Wheeler said. “The
NECA Safety Awards demonstrate their commitment to safety
for everyone to see: their employees, their customers and their
There were more than 130 Safety Excellence Award and
108 Zero Injury Award Winners recognized in 2015, represent-
ing a slight increase in participation and winners for the year.
Awards will be sent directly to winning companies and they
will be recognized at national, chapter and district meetings,
including the NECA Safety Professionals Conference.
Applications must be received by February 26, 2016—only
one application submission is required for both awards. Finalists will be selected after an evaluation of applications on
March 18. NECA will notify award recipients by April 4, and
awards and letters will be distributed by June 6.
For more information on NECA’s Safety Awards Program,
go to www.necanet.org.
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NECA Safety Awards Program Recognizes Excellence in
Safe and sound productivity in electrical construction is the objective in the electrical business. NECA’s Safety Excellence and Zero
Injury Awards program is an elite and growing safety recognition program focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in
multiple areas of their safety and health programs.
Energized electrical systems
and circuits, even if only temporary, present hazards for electrical
workers and others in construction. Safe work practices should
always be applied when working
on temporary wiring. Electrical
contractors are usually responsible for installing the permanent
wiring during construction. In
addition, construction projects
require temporary electrical wiring that must be installed and
used by all the trades during the construction of buildings or
structures. Temporary installations are often viewed as being
less dangerous than permanent electrical installations, but
temporary electrical wiring on projects should be treated no
differently than permanent electrical wiring with regard to the
workmanship, wiring methods, and safe work practices.
Temporary wiring must meet the requirements of the NEC,
and be installed and maintained by qualified contractors and
workers that understand effective application of safe work
practices in compliance with industry standards. Article 590
of the NEC provides minimum requirements for installing temporary electrical power and lighting. NFPA 70E, Standard for
Electrical Safety in the Workplace provides the requirements for
electrical workplace safety.
NECA is proud to announce that it has just published the
NECA Guide to Temporary Power. This new publication provides essential resources for electrical contactors to help them
get it right when it comes to temporary power responsibilities. This new guide is organized in an easy-to-read format
and includes links to valuable resources that assist in attaining compliance and safety of temporary power systems. The
guide contains essentials such as how to effectively plan the
installation, how to prefabricate where practical, and how
to implement safe work practices when handling temporary
wiring, designs, OSHA compliance, and more. Along with the
extensive resources, this product provides access to all Letters
of Interpretation from OSHA relative to temporary installations. This new guide is a must for all electrical contractors
that have to design, install, maintain, and remove temporary
power systems. Get your copy today.
The NECA Guide to Temporary Power is available at www.
NECA Temporary Power Guide Helps Contractors Get it Right
Temporary wiring is often treated as an afterthought—after all, “it’s only temporary.” But temporary power is not an anything goes
situation. Whether electrical workers are handling temporary or permanent wiring, safe work practices are required.