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Let’s set a scenario: You’re a facility manager at a bank. You’ve noticed that within the past month, the electrical breakers have often been tripping, causing the lights in the front part of your location to frequently go out near the ATM. After hearing numerous complaints from customers, you decide it’s time to call in a service provider to replace the circuit. When you begin to submit a work order, you wonder, “Can I have a General Contractor do this electrical work?”
If you’re a facility manager, you may run into situations when you’re not completely sure what level of technician or service provider to dispatch to a job. Electrician work can be very dangerous if not approached in a cautious and safe manner. Therefore, it’s important to understand what work a general contractor can do, and what work you need a licensed electrician for.
What Is a General Contractor?
General contractors are professionals who are not necessarily certified, but typically perform a wide variety of maintenance tasks. General contractors are relatively prevalent in the construction field and can perform various basic plumbing, carpentry, and flooring maintenance tasks. In terms of electrical work, general contractors can do basic work, but are rather limited in what tasks they can complete.
What Is a Licensed Electrician?
A licensed electrician is an individual who has the ability to perform advanced electrical jobs. Becoming a licensed electrician is a rather rigorous process, including many years of training as well as the requirement to take and pass a licensing exam. Typically, individuals who strive to become licensed electricians begin the process as an apprentice and must gain at lease 4 years (or 8,000+ hours) of experience and electrical training. Once enough hours and experience has been obtained, a licensing exam can be taken. If the individual passes, they begin their career as a licensed electrician.
Why Electrical Licensing is Important
In a typical day for an electrician, he/she runs into the risk of electrical shock, electrocution, and electrical burns. In fact, 2,210 non-fatal occupational electrical injuries occurred in 2017. 136 occupational electrical fatalities occurred in the same year.i As electrical work does pose risk to those employed in the field, ensuring electrical OSHA compliance through licensing is extremely important. By becoming licensed, an electrician proves that he or she has the capability to work according to the safety guidelines stipulated by the National Electrical Code. If you, as a facility manager, need electrical components repaired or installed, you are sure to receive technical quality from a fully-qualified licensed electrician.
When to Use a General Contractor vs a Licensed Electrician for Facility Management
As a facility manager, it’s important to understand when you’ll need a general contractor vs a licensed electrician. As a general rule-of-thumb, a general contractor can’t perform any work inside of an electrical panel or inside walls. You can see a comparison of acceptable duties below:
Conclusion: Proper Electrician Vetting Will Promote Safety, OSHA Compliance, And More!
Let’s go back to the scenario from the beginning of this article. Should you call a general contractor or a licensed electrician to complete your job? After determining the voltage for the current circuit is 240v, you determine it’s best to dispatch a licensed electrician to do the job.
With electrical work, there’s little room for error. If you’re often running into situations where you’re not sure what level of service provider to call, consider partnering with us. We have the tools to ensure we send out the correct service provider when an electrical work order is created. By determining whether to dispatch a general contractor or a licensed electrician, we’ll keep you UP. AND RUNNING. by promoting first-time resolutions- saving you valuable time and money.
We promise, you’ll be ex-static about how seamless we’ll make the work order management process!
- ESFI Occupational Injury and Fatality Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.esfi.org/workplace-injury-and-fatality-statistics
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