How a Static Electricity Fire Can Start - January 2021

By Trent Cotney, FRSA General Counsel, Cotney Construction Law
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

When the air is dry and still, whether hot or cold, the atmosphere is right for static electricity to build up. Certain construction materials used by a roofing crew can contribute to the static charge as well. And solvent-based products can release vapors, which the static electricity can ignite with a spark. That scenario is dangerous for your workers and can seriously damage the worksite structure. 

What is Static Electricity?
Most people experience static electricity during cold, dry weather. Clothes cling, touching an appliance causes a shock or hair stands on end. Usually, it is just an annoyance, not a life-threatening issue. But when static electricity is present on a job site, employees are at risk. Read More

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