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Electrical contractors install life-saving equipment

Manager at The Fort offices in Artillery Business Park, Jess Jones with electrical manager at Nexus Electrics Ady Ethelston
Manager at The Fort offices in Artillery Business Park, Jess Jones with electrical manager at Nexus Electrics Ady Ethelston

The work was carried out across the town, with one location being Artillery Business Park, an exciting redevelopment of the former World War One and World War Two military base.

The business park provides commercial units, serviced and virtual offices, and meeting room facilities to a huge range of businesses. The defibrillators are to ensure the safety of all workers in the area, meaning they are always within easy access of life-saving equipment.

Nexus Electrics, which operates out of Shropshire and Mid Wales, felt it only right that they continue to provide for their community with these life-saving installs.

Ian Hodgkiss, director of Nexus Electrics, said: “Working to help local businesses feel safe in their workplace is a huge part of what we do. The safety and welfare of the people of Shropshire is so important to us and we are proud to work with other local businesses to create positive change.

“Taking care of health and safety within businesses, so business owners can focus on their growth and getting back on their feet, is something we take great pride in here at Nexus Electrics. We are excited to see this project develop as we continue to provide community defibrillation equipment. This is another step in the right direction to make our workplaces safer and we look forward to working on further projects.”

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It’s Time for Electrical Contractors to Reinvent Their Role

On the final day of NECA Live, Josh Bone, executive director of ELECTRI International, and Michael Parkes, vice president of O’Connell Electric Co., delivered a presentation on digital tools and technology to assist electrical contractors in the outdoor utility space and how to implement technology changes in your organization. Following are some examples of digital solutions that can be particularly useful for the outdoor utility contractor, according to the presenters.

Mobile apps. Mobile apps can be used in a variety of ways, with safety being one of the key areas. For example, several fall-protection apps, such as Worker Safety Pro, work with smart phones and smart watches to alert not only the user of a stumble, but also his or her manager. Other safety-related mobile apps Bone mentioned (not specifically limited to fall protection) include Safesite, StriveZero, and Safety Reports.

Paperless forms. Paperless form apps and software, such as GoCanvas, are also key to helping simplify the form process, including safety reporting. “These tools can be extremely valuable not only for safety, which is, you know, obviously the most critical component,” Parkes said, adding that these apps can also help accelerate the paperwork process.

360°cameras. Technology beyond mobile applications can be useful as well. Cameras with 360° technology can be used to help record a process and then used later as training material. Additionally, certain models can be connected to mobile devices, attached to a hardhat, or voice-activated for hands-free work. Parkes said in his experience, 360° cameras have been used in a substation project, control room, and in the field for documenting.

Smart security cameras. Another tool becoming more commonplace in utility projects is security cameras, which can include a variety of intelligence tools. “Our utility customers are starting to actually request that this be utilized on projects,” Parkes

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National Electrical Contractors Association Sees Massive Success with First Virtual Convention

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association is proud to announce the success of NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, the association’s first ever virtual convention and trade show. From Oct. 6–8, NECA 2020 LIVE saw 5,104 live participants interact with nearly 100 exhibitors, experience 84 education sessions and product demos from 22 companies, and network virtually with the entire electrical construction industry.

NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, saw 5,104 participants during the live event, with more to come as content is archived until November 15.

All NECA 2020 LIVE content will be available for registrants through November 15, providing an unprecedented opportunity to explore every second of education and entertainment for the first time in NECA Convention history. New registrations will also be available throughout that time for those interested to explore all that NECA has to offer.

“When we began planning NECA 2020 LIVE, we had great ambitions, but you never quite know how attendees are going to respond to such a massive change,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director of Convention & Meetings. “We were absolutely floored by the response, with thousands of NECA members and other electrical industry figures all coming together and using our platform to engage with each other in ways they had not done all year. We could not be more thrilled to see this success and hear how great the experience was both for loyal NECA Convention attendees, and those who had never been able to travel before.”

NECA intends to utilize virtual options for all major events going forward, but there will still be an emphasis made on bringing the entire industry together in one physical location once that is possible.

“I am so proud of our incredible staff and the entire association for all the hard work that led to the success of NECA 2020 LIVE,” said NECA CEO David Long. “When we made

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National Electrical Contractors Association Sees Massive Success with First Virtual Convention | News

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association is proud to announce the success of NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, the association’s first ever virtual convention and trade show. From Oct. 6–8, NECA 2020 LIVE saw 5,104 live participants interact with nearly 100 exhibitors, experience 84 education sessions and product demos from 22 companies, and network virtually with the entire electrical construction industry.

All NECA 2020 LIVE content will be available for registrants through November 15, providing an unprecedented opportunity to explore every second of education and entertainment for the first time in NECA Convention history. New registrations will also be available throughout that time for those interested to explore all that NECA has to offer.

“When we began planning NECA 2020 LIVE, we had great ambitions, but you never quite know how attendees are going to respond to such a massive change,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director of Convention & Meetings. “We were absolutely floored by the response, with thousands of NECA members and other electrical industry figures all coming together and using our platform to engage with each other in ways they had not done all year. We could not be more thrilled to see this success and hear how great the experience was both for loyal NECA Convention attendees, and those who had never been able to travel before.”

NECA intends to utilize virtual options for all major events going forward, but there will still be an emphasis made on bringing the entire industry together in one physical location once that is possible.

“I am so proud of our incredible staff and the entire association for all the hard work that led to the success of NECA 2020 LIVE,” said NECA CEO David Long. “When we made

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Factors to Consider When Hiring Electrical Contractors

The role of electrical contractors is critical in residential, commercial and industrial installations. Any electrical malpractice, which usually happens when unqualified electricians carry out the wiring, upgrades or repairs, may lead to serious accidents, deaths or fires.

While equipment faults are inevitable, how the system responds is critical as far as safety is concerned. Most electrical safety issues or risks arise due to equipment or wiring faults and malpractices.

In an installation with proper wiring and protection, the system will isolate the problem effectively and eliminate most of the potential risks. This works well as long as the electrician follows the best practices while complying with relevant codes and regulations.

Consideration when looking for electrical contractors

Besides qualifications, you will need to hire a licensed and insured electrical contractor with a good reputation, recommendations, and who is reliable and capable of delivering.

Find out the eligibility and credibility

Verify if the contractor meets all the legal, professional and safety requirements. Hiring registered, insured and qualified electrical contractors ensures that you are protected in case anything goes wrong. Good references from past clients mean that the contractor is reliable and you can trust them with your project.

The main issues to pay attention to includes;

License and Insurance: Ensure the electrical contractors are licensed and insured. In addition, they should have the worker’s compensation covers just in case there are injuries to the electricians.

Guarantee the work: Professional electrical contractors should have confidence in their work and will not have a problem giving a written guarantee.

Experience: The company and technicians should have the relevant experience carrying out similar projects. The experience requirements may vary depending on the scope and complexity of the work. However, it is advisable to settle on electrical contractors with at least 3 years of …

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