Testimonials

Arc Flash Events at Amazon Warehouses – Solar Panels had to be taken Offline

On the afternoon of April 14, 2020, dozens of firefighters arrived at an Amazon warehouse in Fresno, California, as thick plumes of smoke poured from the roof of the 880,000-square-foot warehouse.

Some 220 solar panels and other equipment at the facility, known as FAT1, were damaged by the three-alarm fire, which was caused by “an undetermined electrical event within the solar system mounted on top of the roof,” Leland Wilding, Fresno’s fire investigator, wrote in an incident report.

A little over a year later, about 60 firefighters were called to an even larger Amazon facility in Perryville, Maryland, to put out a two-alarm blaze, local news outlets reported

In the intervening months, at least four other Amazon fulfillment centers caught fire or experienced electrical explosions due to failures with their solar energy-generating systems, according to internal company documents viewed by CNBC.

The documents, which have never been made public, indicate that between April 2020 and June 2021, Amazon experienced “critical fire or arc flash events” in at least six of its 47 North American sites with solar installations, affecting 12.7% of such facilities. Arc flashes are a kind of electrical explosion.

“The rate of dangerous incidents is unacceptable, and above industry averages,” an Amazon employee wrote in one of the internal reports.

By June of last year, all of Amazon’s U.S. operations with solar had to be taken offline temporarily, internal documents show. The company had to ensure its systems were designed, installed and maintained properly before “re-energizing” any of them.

Amazon spokesperson Erika Howard told CNBC in a statement that the incidents involved systems run by partners, and that the company responded by voluntarily turning off its solar-powered roofs.

“Out of an abundance of caution, following a small number of isolated incidents with onsite solar systems owned and operated by third parties, Amazon proactively powered off our onsite solar installations in North America, and took immediate steps to re-inspect each installation by a leading solar technical expert firm,” the statement said.

 

Click here for the full article from CNBC

3 workers in critical condition after “electrical incident” at Google data center

Appears to be due to an arc flash event at the substation

Three people were brought to hospital after being critically injured by an “electrical incident” at the Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The patients are awake and talking, but were rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition – with one taken by helicopter due to their condition.

“We are aware of an electrical incident that took place today at Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, injuring three people onsite who are now being treated,” Google said in a statement.

“The health and safety of all workers is our absolute top priority, and we are working closely with partners and local authorities to thoroughly investigate the situation and provide assistance as needed.”

It is believed three electricians were working on a substation close to the main data center when an arc flash electrical explosion caused major burns.

 

See the full article from Data Center Dynamics here

PPE for Arc Flash Protection

You’ve been asking for our help with your PPE needs, we’re happy to announce we’re now providing our customers with the convenience of Arc Flash protection clothing, rubber insulated gloves, and double-insulated hand tools.

These are high quality products, made here in the USA, and our customers receive a discounted corporate rate on all products. With our corporate account, there are no contracts or minimum orders, next day shipping, as well as customizable orders.

PPE Kits available that are specially designed to meet NFPA 70E ARC Flash PPE Categories:

  • Category 2
  • Category 3
  • Category 4

Click here to learn more about available products.

Contact us for your discount authorization code to begin ordering your PPE:
Call:  (877) 252.2626 ext. 157   | Email:  PPE@jacmangroupsafety.com

COVID-19 June Update: We have options in place for you during this time

As the COVID-19 concerns are still very real, we’re providing the Arc Flash/NFPA 70E training virtually for everyone’s safety.

Students can complete the same live instructor-led, interactive courses in a safer environment.

  • Live Virtual classes now scheduling throughout this summer and fall
  • Whether it’s just a few or groups of 100 or more, we can help you get this accomplished
  • Scheduling at your convenience and we can accommodate multiple shifts

We want to assure you that we’re taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC and local and state health officials, and we’ll continue to actively monitor developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.

We understand so many are affected by this and concerned about COVID-19 and the unknown that it poses, and how long this could go on. As a critical service provider, we are committed to continue keeping you compliant and ensure employee safety throughout this time, and try to maintain some sense of normalcy, as much as possible!

If you’d prefer, we can still come on-site to your facility to conduct the training as long as the CDC requirements are met.

As a critical service provider, we are committed to continue supporting essential companies and protecting all workers throughout this challenging time. Feel free to contact us anytime 877-252-2626, info@jacmangroupsafety.com.

We are all in this together.

COVID-19 Update

Arc Flash Training for Essential Workers

We understand so many are affected by this and concerned about COVID-19 and the unknown that it poses, and how long this could go on. We are here and will continue to keep you compliant and ensure employee safety throughout this time, and try to maintain some sense of normalcy, as much as possible!

We want to assure you that we’re taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC and local and state health officials, and we’ll continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.

We know the services our customers provide are essential and we are committed to continue supporting you. We have remote and flexible options in place for you during these times.

We will get through this together.

Arc Flash PPE and COVID-19

The article explains how sharing PPE can be at higher risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus, and goes on to discuss how long the virus survives on PPE and how it can be cleaned properly. See the link below to the full article.

How the electrical industry must work together to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Sharing is not caring… when it comes to arc flash PPE. For decades, workers have been sharing arc flash personal protective equipment, including suits, hoods and face shields but — to protect the safety and health of our workers — this age-old practice must stop immediately.

Workers who share PPE are at a higher risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. In this regard, sharing is not caring. Actually caring about our workers requires employers to issue individually assigned equipment. Any PPE, tools, or equipment that must be shared among workers must first be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

The best way to protect workers from cross-contamination is to stop sharing arc flash PPE. Suit hoods and face shields are particularly high-risk due to their proximity to the worker’s mouth and nose. Every time you exhale, cough, or sneeze, your bodily fluids can be deposited onto the interior surface of the shield and/or fabric. Even outerwear garments, such as suit coats, can become contaminated when workers dutifully and conscientiously cough or sneeze into their arm. The safest solution is to individually assign all arc flash PPE, and prohibit workers from sharing any PPE that cannot be effectively cleaned and disinfected before each use…

“… the safest, most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and keep our workers healthy is to individually assign arc flash PPE to every worker requiring it. We must all work together to help stem the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Click here for the full article “Stop Sharing Arc Flash PPE” from EC&M.