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The 2014 Independent Electrical Contractors

 The 2014 Independent Electrical Contractors – Florida West Coast Chapter Showcase Event
April 24, 2014
The Tampa Convention Center


The Independent Electrical Contractors-Florida West Coast Chapter (IEC-FWCC) Showcase event was well attended by approximately 500 participants with electrical backgrounds, to include Electrical and System Contractors, Electrical Engineers and Inspectors, and Master/Journeymen Electricians to name a few.


The purpose of the showcase was for chapter members to gain networking opportunities by meeting other colleagues in the field and share ideas. Chapter members were also able to build industry relationships with 55 suppliers and vendors that were present at the showcase event. The apprentices received the opportunity to put their skills to work by showcasing their talent at the wire-off competition. Other events include a raffle prize give-away. The USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center donated a free course, worth an $800 value for the special guest prize-winner.


USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program is a free and confidential service that assists small business employers in establishing injury and illness prevention plans. The USF SafetyFlorida’s sister company, USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center of Wesley Chapel, Florida, serves the Southeast region of Florida, and offers free resources and inexpensive training and education geared towards reducing workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses. The shared mission between both programs is for employers and workers to recognize hazards, learn how to avoid them and best yet, prevent them from occurring. Quite recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration amended the electrical standard to revise obsolete standards that have not been updated since 1972.

The revised standards will ensure that employers meet requirements for work performed under the construction and general industry standards. Standard changes include new or revised provisions for host employers and contractors to share safety-related information with each other and their employees.

OSHA is also revising the general industry standard for foot Protection, applicable to employers performing work on electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations.

The final rule also includes revisions to the general industry and construction standards for the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment, and for equipment made of materials other than rubber.The final rule will become effective on July 10, 2014, although certain compliance deadlines are effective after this date. The final rule affects establishments that construct, operate, maintain, or repair electric power generation, transmission, or distribution installations.

Contact us to learn more about how these revisions may affect your business and to assist you in identifying safety and health resources.

Photographs from the IEW-FWCC Vendor Booth


USF OTI Education Center Booth #48                                                   Left to Right: Tracy Kelly and Thalia Barber


Wire-Off Competition, Timothy Shaw and Anthony Campbell      Left to Right: Keith Brown and Tracy Kelly