Electrical contractors represent a segment of the building industry that include residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction, maintenance and service. Contractors must be licensed as master electricians (or employ a master electrician) and each crew member must also be licensed as a journeyman or an apprentice. Contractors face hefty fines if they fail to adhere to building code requirements for licensure, and the liability doesn’t end with licensing. Electrical contractors must stay in compliance with numerous requirements for building permits, electrical loads, proper wire size, placement, inspections, underground utilities and more. There are many electrical contractors key terms; some of the most important include references to the electrical code and knowledge of electrical contracting organizations.
National Electrical Safety MonthThe Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors National Electrical Safety Month to stress the importance of electrical safety in the workplace. According to the report, there were over 46,000 on-the-job injuries during the last 10 years.
NFPAEvery electrical contractor should belong to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) whose goal is to reduce the incidence of accidental fires and hazards by educating and promoting fire prevention.
NECAThe National Electrical Contractors Association, established in 1901, represents electrical contracting firms of all sizes with over 100 local chapters throughout the country. The purpose is to educate and set standards for the electrical contracting profession.
Wiring methodsElectrical contractors can specialize in all types of construction including residential, commercial, industrial and even remodeling. To be successful in an ever-changing building economy, the smart contractor knows that he must diversify to keep his doors open.
Electrical Contractors Industry StandardsOSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is an arm of the United States Department of Labor, and has issued standards for the electrical contractors industry.
standards for the electrical contractors, including wiring design, construction industry, shipyard machinery and more.