The history of the NFPA goes back more than 120 years, founded in 1896 with the mission “To help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion.” The NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering their mission. Current NFPA membership totals more than 50,000 individuals around the world.
While most are familiar with the NFPA through their publications, many have assumed that the NFPA was a government organization, but in fact, the NFPA is a nonprofit organization. Which means any of its recognized publications, including the well-known “NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, “is not enforceable by law until it is adopted in part or whole by a jurisdictional government such as states. Most states in the US have done precisely this since it was first published in 1896, so it is a common misconception that it is a governmental document.
The same can be said for the NFPA70e as it is also a best practice standard but not itself enforceable by law. In the 70E’s case, however, another agency has adopted it as their standard as their go to, OSHA. OSHA refers to and uses the 70E standard as a guideline to safe electrical work and specifically Arc Flash.
Stay tuned for safety tips throughout May for electrical safety month!
This is one of our great experiences through our 85 years of electrical expertise submitted by Dave Hibler, Service Electrician at Thompson Electric Omaha.
Dave’s experience on a service call yesterday at a customer location we did work for 20 years ago. They identified us from the panel sticker that was put on by the foreman and placed a service call to our office.
Dave identified two positives from this experience:
- First, by putting the label on that panel 20 years ago the customer was able to identify the installing company and call us. Thus offering our team another opportunity to provide great customer service.
- Secondly, we are very proud that the work we did didn’t require any maintenance or repairs for 20 years.
Dave remarked. It was a great experience. The owner came up to me and pointed to the TE logo on my shirt and said to his wife see I told you it’s the same company. “It made me smile!”
Thanks for sharing Dave.
If you have any electrical panel stickers from Thompson Electric we would love to see them, please tag us.
Sam Ouedraogo, Assistant Project Manager with Thompson Electric Company of Omaha has had a unique experience here at Thompson Electric beginning in summer of 2016. Sam is an Electrical Engineering student, he started at Thompson with a 3-month 400-hour internship.
During his internship, Sam has spent valuable hours in the office and the field. He was able to experience change orders, RFI’s, understanding the importance of planning, prefab and how the field and office team work together to keep projects moving forward. Sam stated, “I could not have done this without the assistance of the projects managers, the field workers and most importantly the opportunity that this company provides for the young uprising generation”.
Upon completion of his internship, Sam was asked to stay with the Team as an Assistant Project Manager. He is continuing his education and looks forward to the opportunities with Thompson after he finishes his degree.
Sam’s goal is to one day return to Burkina Faso and open an electrical company. He stated “combining the technology that I am learning here in USA with my previous experience from Burkina Faso I can bring something new to my country it will be a source of jobs, and new technology for my country to benefit from.” Most of the services we provide here in the USA are not standard in Burkina Faso and Sam hopes he can develop them. The electrical services he hopes to offer are industrial, commercial, automation, preventive maintenance, arc flash and especially renewable solar and wind energy.
Thank you, Sam, for your dedication and hard work. We look forward to the future.
The Sioux Area Metro downtown bus depot in Sioux Falls, SD recently underwent reconstruction. In this project, Adam Carpenter and his team updated the lighting and added linear RGB programmable lights to the skylight. This lighting feature will allow the lights to be changed to a wide array of unique colors. The CATV Cabling and programming of the DMX controller was all done by Adam and Thompson Electric team.
Make sure to drive by and enjoy the lights!
Thompson Omaha employees enjoyed a day of food and fun with a Thompson Tailgate party held on September 29th. The entire company was invited for burgers hotdogs and sides. Office employees contributed by bringing sides and salads and many desserts. Kevin Lytle, the General Manager made a statement about how important it was to do activities that promote a positive work culture and a chance to relax and have fun! Over 50 employees from Field Service Technicians to CW’s to Office staff participated in this great activity. We are so excited to continue these activities to make our company an engaging and fun place to work!
On October 4th, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and Thompson Automation and Specialty Services offices in Sioux City, IA., all participated in the Iowa – Healthiest State Walk. This is the 7th annual Healthiest State Walk and this is the 4th year that TEC, TE, EI and TASS have taken part in the walk. This year, we had 14 healthy minded employees participate in the walk. Jordyn Salem was the coordinator for this year’s walk and did an outstanding job in getting 14 employees to walk for 30 minutes.
The initiative started to help make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Over the years the interest has grown from Iowans in making communities more walkable, incorporating biking and transit into transportation plans and launching walking school buses so children can walk or bike safely to school.
For more information about the Iowa – Healthiest State Initiative go to http://www.iowahealthieststate.com
We look forward to next year’s Healthiest State Walk and to challenging all of our Iowa employees to make Iowa, the #1 healthiest state.