Health, Safety and Environmental

Health, Safety and Environmental

Rochester Solar Technologies a division of O'Connell Electric Co. Inc.



Much of the training provided to our electricians is conducted through the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Program.  All electricians have a minimum of the OSHA 10-hour construction safety course.  As of 2007, the Local 86 apprenticeship program includes a 30-hour construction safety course.


Line Division employees receive training through the Local 1249 Lineman’s Safety Training Fund.  All linemen receive a specialized OSHA 10-hour course developed by the IBEW specifically for the line construction industry.


O’Connell supplements this training on an as-needed basis.  Typical training courses provided to selected employees (as needed) through in-house or contract trainers include:


  • Confined Space Entry
  • Aerial Lift Operator
  • Industrial Truck (forklift) Operator
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Lead Awareness
  • Hazard Communication
  • Fall Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Arc-Flash Safety
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Excavation & Trenching Safety
  • Traffic Control
  • Flagging
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)


O’Connell Electric places a high level of importance on environmental compliance and stewardship of our environment.  All hydraulically operated equipment is provided with an oil spill kit to immediately respond to hose failures.  Whenever cutting oil is used, oil containment pads or pans are used to capture drips and spills.  We collect and properly recycle/dispose of PCB light ballasts, mercury containing lamps, scrap metals and other wastes generated by our operations through licensed waste firms and recyclers.


To assure the highest level of Health, Safety and Environmental compliance, O’Connell employs two full time Health, Safety and Environmental Managers.

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