On September 23, 2013, the Electrical Safety Authority held its annual Ontario Electrical Safety awards to recognize and celebrate the leadership and achievement in the promotion of electrical safety in Ontario.
London Hydro was recognized for their on-going commitment to the safety of its workers and the public through the creation of their “Incident Alert” Safety Bulletin and new tagging procedure. The Bulletin was designed to share incidents and near misses with employees in order to raise awareness and increase prevention of future incidents. Responding to one such bulletin, London Hydro introduced a new tagging procedure to provide additional assurance that after electrical work is ready to be energized, the electrician completes and signs a “SAFE and Ready for connection” tag, and affixes it to the main disconnect switch. When London Hydro workers arrive to energize the service, they check the tag before proceeding and call the electrician if they have questions. London Hydro workers sign and date the tag and leave it affixed to the main disconnect switch to indicate the service in energized.
You can learn more about London Hydro’s commitment to electrical safety through the following initiatives:
Roy Burch was recognized for his ongoing efforts to improve electrical safety training and education for First Responders when they encounter situations with new technologies such as solar roof top panels and electric vehicles. Roy initiated training to help Guelph Pole and Fire Service understand how to stay safe when responding to emergencies involving these technologies. His research and training has been used across Wellington County and Waterloo Region.
Roy has been the Manager of Loss Prevention and Environmental Compliance at Guelph Hydro for 13 years. He has more than 23 years experience in Occupational Health and Safety and nine as an adult educator and is a Certified Safety Professional. Roy’s teaching efforts have led Guelph Hydro to receive the ZeroQuest Platinum Award and 10 President's Award for 250,000 hours with no lost time injuries.
Bryan Baeumler and Paul Rhynold were recognized for their efforts in bringing a severe hazard to ESA’s attention and working together with ESA to raise consumer awareness of the requirement to hire a licensed electrical contractor through the “Leave it To Bryan” show and Bryan’s broader viewing audience.
Bryan, the host of the show, and Paul, a licensed electrical contractor and Master Electrician, were performing a home renovation project when they uncovered hazardous electrical work that had been done during a previous renovation. Bryan and Paul recognized the safety hazards and also the opportunity to educate their audience about doing electrical work safely. They called ESA to report suspected unsafe wiring and the ESA Inspector found many problems and determined the work was done by an unlicensed individual. The only trade allowed to be hired to do electrical work in the home is a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
ESA initiated charges against the electrician and General Contractor in this case. Earlier this month, the electrician pleaded guilty in court to being an unlicensed Electrical Contractor and installing electrical equipment with insufficient guarding. The General Contractor also pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed Electrical Contractor. Both individuals received fines.
Dr. Manuel Gomez and his research team were recognized for their research efforts examining the physical and psychological effects of electrical injuries on the survivors, resulting in important findings emphasizing the need for education and preventative strategies to decrease the risk of electrical injuries.
As the inaugural director of the St. John’s Rehab Research Program, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto, Dr. Gomez’s research aims to:
The Electrical Safety Authority has a long history with St. John’s Rehab Foundation as a community partner. ESA Staff and St. John’s Rehab Foundation personnel have collaborated and published prior research on initiatives such as prevention programs to reduce electrical burn injuries caused by the use of multimeters. Findings from this collaboration have been incorporated into educational and training materials for those seeking to become licensed electricians in Ontario.
To learn more:
You can view previous year’s recipients here:
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