March 2022
Vol. 2 | No. 1
By Julie Mazur
I’m excited to Kick off year 2 of Line Contractor. I hope I will meet more of you in person in 2022. I want to know how you think this magazine could have a positive impact on your work.
We start this issue with Michael Johnston, NECA’s executive director of codes and standards. On page 2, he compares and contrasts the National Electrical Safety Code and the National Electrical Code.

This year, we are sending all print magazine subscribers a link to participate in this important survey, which studies what kind of work you do, how big your company is, and what you want to learn about, among other topics. It helps us learn more about the industry so that we continue to deliver the kinds of information you need to be successful in today's electrical construction market. But we can’t do it without your input. To participate, please follow the instructions on the January print magazine cover. Click here to learn more.

By Michael Johnston
The National Electrical Safety Code and National Electrical Code are similar in their overall purpose and safe electrical installations. They also overlap in some respects as applied to properties and premises wiring systems. Knowing where requirements of one code end and the other begin is valuable to those performing work in jurisdictions that adopt and apply both the NESC and the NEC.
By Susan Bloom
Extreme weather events are occurring more frequently than ever. We have experienced it personally, learned about it in the media, and it is confirmed by a range of meteorological experts, including those at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This has led to the heightened risk for—and reality of—power outages.
By Chuck Ross
Whether installed as a large, outdoor electrical yard or camouflaged behind an attractive building, electrical substations play a critical role in electricity transmission and distribution. As with much infrastructure, however, substation age is trending higher, just as today’s increasingly complicated energy networks are asking more of this equipment than ever. This includes enabling a two-way flow of electricity within distribution systems that was never part of planners’ initial visions.
By Susan Bloom
On Aug. 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida bore down on Louisiana with intense Category 4 strength, officially becoming the second-most damaging hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana—coincidentally, 16 years to the day after the area’s most damaging storm, Hurricane Katrina, hit in 2005. Hurricane Ida’s brutal 150-mph winds and extreme storm surge decimated many coastal towns across multiple states, leaving more than 100 people dead and more than $65 billion in damage in its wake.
By Nightstick
By Ariat international
By Klein Tools
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