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How Properly Trained Electrical Contractors Can Deliver Peace of Mind

When you hire an electrical contracting firm for your next commercial, industrial, health care, retail or educational project, you deserve assurance that the firm’s electricians are thoroughly trained in all aspects of their work. That encompasses not only educational and vocational training, but safety training as well. Moreover, the field of electrical contracting evolves like any vocational field does, so training in all areas of electrical contracting must be ongoing and account for new developments, techniques and procedures.

At RJ Martin Electric, we have always been, and will always be, 100 percent committed to thorough, ongoing training. We believe well-trained electricians offer general contractors (GCs) and end users the optimal combination of expertise, dedication and value.

Our training programs and initiatives focus on two key areas: vocational training, and safety training. A brief explanation of both is included below.

Vocational training

At RJ Martin, all employees – not just electricians – are required to participate in training on a frequent basis. Our electricians have completed the state- and federally-certified apprenticeship program. Our electricians also participate in biannual NEC code updates and review to stay current on evolving code requirements. In addition, our project managers have attended the Electrical Project Management Institute, an intensive management education program, at Purdue University.

Safety training

When you’re evaluating electrical contractors for your next project, the contractor you choose must maintain an established and comprehensive safety program that ensures workers are properly trained in all elements of safe work practices. At RJ Martin Electric, our comprehensive safety program is comprised of six core elements which we believe should be the bedrock of any comprehensive safety program.

(1) Comprehensive drug-free workplace education, training and testing. RJ Martin Electric established its Drug-Free (Substance-Free) Program in the early 2000s and has rigidly enforced it year in and year out ever since, updating it as necessary in conformance with best practices, updated regulations and new mandates.

This program covers all full-time, part-time, seasonal, casual and temporary employees in three main areas: illicit drugs, prescription medication and alcohol. All testing is performed in conjunction with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) federally certified labs.

Additionally, our leading-edge program provides employees with education regarding substance abuse, safety and specific program components. Supervisors are continually trained on their roles and responsibilities for administering the program.

(2) Training and enforcement of company policy, state regulations and OSHA rules. The need for safety on the job site never ends; company and governmental regulations are in place to keep workers safe and contractors compliant. It’s critical that all policies, regulations and rules be followed every hour of every day. That takes effort and commitment, which leads us to the third component of a comprehensive safety program…

(3) The requisite personnel to administer the program on an ongoing basis. At RJ Martin Electric, we employ a full-time RJ Martin Electric safety supervisor to coordinate training, conduct job site inspections and internally enforce company, state and federal regulations.

(4) Completion of OSHA safety and health courses. At RJ Martin Electric, ALL of our electricians have completed the OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour Construction Safety and Health course.

(5) Establishment of a site-specific safety plan at the start of each project. Some electrical contracting projects may seem similar, but no two projects are exactly alike; requirements are different, job site characteristics vary and different trades work at different time intervals. Variables like these must be accounted for in a job-specific safety plan.

(6) Weekly toolbox talks. Toolbox talks follow OSHA mandates, and we believe in their value. Through our experience, we see how they keep the notion of safety front and center in workers’ minds on the job site. At RJ Martin Electric, we conduct weekly toolbox talks that help educate workers on vital safety issues and demonstrate a working and vital safety program.

Whatever your next project may be, when it’s time to select an electrical contractor, make sure the one you choose has a demonstrated record of ongoing vocational and safety training. This commitment will help ensure that (1) the electricians working on your project are trained on all the latest techniques, rules, regulations and processes, and (2) they stay safe on the job. And that, in turn, will help keep your project on time and on budget.

Contact RJ Martin Electric to learn more.

We hope this blog helps you understand the importance of training for electrical contracting firms, and the approach RJ Martin Electric takes in this area. If you seek an exceptional electrical contracting firm for your next industrial, health care, commercial, education and retail project, please call Robert J. Martin at 216-662-7100 or email rmartinjr@rjmartinelectric.com.

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