Arc Flash Training
Had arc flash training this week with my new employer and they issued me a suit, visor, hood & gloves. All fit neatly into a small box; easy to carry around and have nearby.
This co follows the no live work/arc flash protection rules.
I am still getting acclimated to this way of thinking. I have worked live for years on end. However; the trainer said the co. was able to get much lower insurance rates, which I fully understand. I paid a lot for the cheapest comp I could find, which covered little. A former boss paid about 4,000 a year for comp with only 1-2 employees. I can only imagine what my boss now pays, with around 20 employees. Trainer also told me there about 400 AF accidents last year in NC alone. I knew of a few and knew 1 guy personally, brother of a former boss. He will always be under care for his injuries.
I tried on several sizes of coveralls & gloves to get the best fit. I commented that the coveralls seemed less bulky than the few I had seen others wearing. He said he searched a lot to find the easiest ones to use that would do the job. Ease of use adds to the safety of the work & the acceptance of using it.
Now I just need to think of new ways to do delicate movements, such as threading locknuts, which are harder to do with heavy gloves in tight spaces. But I am creative enough to think of something. Though I am long past my youth, I can still adapt my thinking as needed. I also need to read on it, as part of my regular studies.
No, don't get your hopes up that I will embrace AFCI breakers. That will never happen.
Yes, I'll be happy to do a first class job for less than anyone else and take a dollar a week for 10 years.