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What is Considered Proper Supervision of an Employee by a Qualified Electrician in NC?

What is Considered Proper Supervision of an Employee by a Qualified Electrician in NC?

Today we’re going to cover another part for electrical contractors in North Carolina. Today’s question is: what is considered supervision of an employee if you are a licensed electrical contractor? This is directed to all the owners of electrical companies out there because this can be a tricky issue. It’s something I have encountered multiple times, and I also believe it is extremely important. I’m going to state exactly what the administrative code says; this is the definition of supervision.
If you’re curious and want to see it yourself, it is under 21 NCAC 18B .0907. It states, and I quote, “‘Supervision’ within the meaning of North Carolina General Statute § 87-43 refers to the degree of attendance, participation, and oversight necessary and sufficient to ensure the project is carried out in a workmanlike manner with requisite skill, and that the installation is made properly, safely, and in accordance with applicable codes and rules. Supervision means active onsite review of the work by a qualified individual while the work is in progress.”
Let’s break that down a little bit. We talk about a qualified individual as well, and as anyone reading this blog knows, if you are running a business—an electrical business, or many different businesses in North Carolina—you may have to be the qualifier for that business. As an electrical contractor running your business, you’re the qualifier or at least one of the qualifiers for your business typically. You can have multiple qualifiers. It doesn’t mean you have just one and then have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to supervise all these jobs. It just means you must have a qualified, licensed individual supervising the jobs, overseeing helpers, overseeing the quality of work, making sure everything is done safely and securely, and ensuring nobody is putting themselves or others in harm’s way. (See North Carolina General Statute § 87‑41.1)
When we look at supervision, we’re talking about safety more than anything, and that’s the main concern with the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors; they are focused on safety. Thankfully, not much goes wrong safety-wise, but it does happen occasionally. Supervision is something the Board seems to focus on, in my experience. If they don’t see that supervision is being done, it will catch their attention and put you on their radar, at least a little, if not a lot. So pay close attention to it. Make sure your helpers and other employees are bona fide employees, as I mentioned in another blog, and that they are supervised correctly by a qualified individual. That qualified individual must have a North Carolina license.
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