Tyndale presents Arc Week: a unique, week-long educational look at the world of arc flash hazards through the lens of Shark Week. Join Scott Margolin – our dedicated technical expert by day and passionate shark enthusiast in his free time – for engaging, memorable parallels that bring important lessons about risk protection and PPE to life. Follow along at TyndaleUSA.com/blog.
Though Arc Week is meant to be interesting and unique, arc flash incidents are deadly serious and the real world implications of “swimming in dangerous waters” without the right PPE are severe. So far our series has focused on “arc bites” on manikins in the lab, but arcs happen to regular people in the real world far too often – with devastating consequences. In this episode, Scott Margolin walks us through two shark attacks and four REAL arc flash incidents to see the profound difference wearing – or not wearing – the right arc-rated and flame resistant (AR) clothing and PPE can make.
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The footage of the first two arc flash incidents speaks for itself. The workers’ flammable clothing ignited; they all faced catastrophic injuries, and one lost his life altogether. In sharp contrast, the workers in the third and fourth arcs were wearing AR clothing and escaped with only minor injuries – even, in the third video, when the trench focused the arc and it was able to fully engulf the worker.
The outcomes in the first two examples Scott shared simply do not need to happen:
Have a flash fire – rather than an arc flash – hazard? See the value of flame resistant clothing (FRC) from INSIDE a flash fire, and find out how to transcend mere compliance to achieve effective protection for your workers.
Please heed these humbling reminders of why wearing the right PPE – and wearing it properly – matters. It’s your life, and it’s within your control to keep it. Don’t become an arc attack statistic.
Keep your workers out of the arc attack files:
This concludes season 1 of Arc Week – look out this time next year for season 2, as we take Arc Week to new heights. Did you catch episodes 1-4? Want to go back and re-watch season 1? Click here for the series homepage.