Crane Industry Services LLC offers lineworker, supervisor and emergency management training for utility and construction crews working in electrical utility applications.
The Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership recently launched a mobile app, putting best practices and safety guidelines used throughout the line construction industry into the hands of lineworkers in the field.
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), in partnership with Metropolitan Community College, the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction and T&D PowerSkills, has developed two new one-hour online courses to teach safe practices when working with steel utility poles. The courses can be accessed at http://lineman.steel.org.
One of the new courses is designed for instructors and students. Seven segments provide basic de-energized training that covers an overview of the benefits of steel poles, climbing, drilling holes, field deployment, framing, installation and joining. The course was developed in conjunction with Metropolitan Community College and can be used by instructors as part of their teaching curriculum.
The second course is geared toward journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. Seven segments provide basic energized training that covers an overview of the benefits of steel poles, joining multiple-section poles, framing and setting de-energized poles, climbing, energized line work and additional considerations.
SMDI also offers on-location workshops for students and advanced-level lineworkers. The one- and two-day workshops include classroom and hands-on training.
Steel Market Development Institute http://lineman.steel.org
Terex has added 13 new driver safety training courses for medium-duty utility trucks to its suite of online training courses. These web-based modules provide utility professionals with proactive driver training, including instruction on mitigating the risk of driving infractions and collisions before they occur, which enables participants to learn how to safely drive Terex aerial devices, digger derricks and auger drills at their own pace, when it is convenient for them.
The driver safety training courses include Avoiding Crashes; Changing Lanes; DOT Vehicle Inspections; Driving and Adverse Weather; Highway Driving; Intersections and Right-of-Way; Limited Visibility Conditions; Proactive Driving; Speed Management; and Vehicle Backing Safety.
The modules engage drivers through a variety of interactive exercises and activities to improve the learning experience. At the end of each module, drivers are tested for comprehension. When they pass, they are presented with a certificate of completion.
To access the Terex driver safety training courses, visit www.terex.com/utilities/en/service-support/TerexUtilitiesOnlineUniversity/index.htm.
Altec's Sentry Training programs comply with ANSI standards and provide operators the knowledge and skills needed to operate Altec equipment productively and safely. Sentry instructors will come directly to you for personalized training, or you can sign up for a scheduled training date.
Training course options include instructor-led programs and self-directed training kits, covering a variety of topics such as unit setup and operation, digger and pole-puller operation, material handling and Altec's ISO-grip system. Both options include comprehensive training complete with workbooks, tests and evaluation sheets. Instructor-led programs also provide one-on-one hands-on training to validate operator skills. Upon successful completion, the operator will receive a certificate of completion and a wallet card.
Visit Altec's training date page at www.altec.com/safety/sentry-training-dates to view a list of scheduled hands-on trainings. To request a quote or to schedule your team's customized training, fill out an operator training quote at www.altec.com/safety/operator-training-quote with your class type, size and requested location.
T&D PowerSkills is a comprehensive video- and workbook-based lineworker training program that focuses on safety-related work practices that lineworkers need to know. All T&D PowerSkills course units are arranged in a comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum is divided into 78 units that represent major components of lineworker career tracks. Important fundamentals are covered in Maintenance Basics, such as electrical safety and basic climbing skills, moving on to more advanced topics in Overhead Distribution, such as pole-top equipment replacement and transformer troubleshooting. Specialized training is offered in Underground, Transmission and Substations.
Each course unit includes one DVD or online access to the video via computer or mobile device, one instructor’s guide and one student workbook. Customization for site-specific training is available upon request. Single courses, group packs or the entire program can be purchased.
T&D PowerSkills www.tdpowerskills.com
If you must provide contractor safety training, Vivid Learning Systems now offers a proven program that eliminates unnecessary repetition of training activities. Programs are available for outside linemen and inside wiremen. Features include automatic regulatory updates; content branding and customization; courses reviewed by safety experts; a dedicated client support specialist; and mobile-ready courses. Get started with a free price quote.
Vivid Learning Systems https://learnatvivid.com/landing-pages/ip-utility-safety-products
Safety training can save lives and money – and it doesn’t have to be boring. That’s the premise of “Safety Training That Transfers,” a new book by safety training experts Steven Cohen and Ellis Ritz.
The book begins with startling statistics: In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry employers reported close to 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers pay nearly $1 billion each week for workers' compensation costs. Unfortunately, a good deal of mandatory safety training – the kind of training needed to shrink these statistics – relies heavily on lectures, an approach that has only a 5 percent retention rate, according to the National Training Laboratories.
“Safety Training That Transfers” was written to shake up the status quo. While often neglected, safety training can entertain, energize and breathe life into serious topics, the authors argue. Good safety training can also foster relationships among colleagues and boost morale.
Cohen and Ritz, who collectively have 50 years of experience working in dangerous settings, promote action-based training, something they see at work every day. In this book, they share training successes with professionals across industries, especially those working with heavy machinery and in hazardous settings.
This book offers icebreakers, brainstormers and comprehensive activities that equip trainers across industries with tools to deliver effective workshops that promote knowledge transfer.
Association for Talent Development www.td.org/books
The newest edition of the industry's favorite rigging handbook is available from the Crane Institute of America. “Rigging,” by James Headley, has been converted from imperial to metric. Providing practical information and great illustrations, the “Rigging Metric” handbook contains the latest information on wire rope,
T&D PowerSkills is a comprehensive video- and workbook-based lineworker training program that focuses on safety-related work practices that lineworkers need to know.
Recognizing the role of capacitance in the utilities industry is crucial to understanding how power is efficiently and safely delivered to customers. By keeping your utility workers up to date on the theory and safety practices of capacitors in electrical distribution systems, you are helping to ensure that they are aware and making the right decisions where it matters – in the field.
To help this process, 3DInternet has released a training course targeted at utility workers who can benefit from the latest information about using capacitors in electrical distribution systems. This capacitor training course covers basic design and theory of capacitors as well as some design and maintenance issues.
The new and more seasoned workers who use this information will appreciate being clearly and concisely updated on the latest best practices in the electrical distribution industry. 3DInternet has worked with one of the largest utilities in America to develop this course, and now other companies will be able to reinforce to their employees how proper practice with capacitors can save lives as well as dollars.
Terex Utilities has updated its popular “The Edge” online training course for insulating aerial devices. “The Edge” is a Web-based course, allowing Terex customers to study the safe operation of aerial devices at each individual’s own pace, when it is convenient for them.
“The Edge” course, “Insulating Aerial Device Operator Safety Training,” includes all aspects for the safe operation of an aerial device, including general usage guidelines, pre-operation, during operation, post-operation, hand signals and electrical hazards. New to this version of “The Edge” is a pre-test that all users take before beginning the training. This enables participants to compare their knowledge going into the test to what they gain during the course. This enhanced course also includes in-depth, up-to-date information on OSHA and ANSI standards, as well as video tutorials and demonstrations.
The new training course costs $150 per person and takes participants approximately eight hours to complete, including taking the pre-test and final test. Once the final test is passed, participants receive a certificate of completion and a wallet card to share with their employers and keep for their records.
Terex Utilities www.terex.com/utilities
VISTA Training offers 20 equipment training programs in its Silver Series, which is designed to meet the basic training needs of equipment operators in the construction, municipal and mining industries. The programs are one to two hours in length and help trainees learn critical skills needed to safely and productively operate heavy equipment. Because they are Web-based, fleet owners can train operators anytime, anywhere there's a high-speed Internet connection. Each program includes a final test and enables trainees to print out a personalized certificate of completion. The 20 Silver Series training programs are organized into three libraries: Heavy Equipment, Support Equipment and Rigging & Lifting. Additional titles are planned.
To help its customers better manage their training costs, VISTA Training has announced a new pricing model for its Silver Series programs: Pay one flat monthly or annual fee per library and obtain unlimited access to the training programs it contains. Customers can train as many operators as they want.
VISTA Training www.vista-training.com
RCI Safety has developed an innovative safety training documentation system. The Web-based application allows for ease of documentation and retention of employee training information, and it enables EHS compliance managers to more effectively implement, document and track training activities within their organization. Vast amounts of training data can be organized into a management system, thereby providing control, consistency and continuity to meet individual company training requirements. The system helps streamline administrative functions while serving as a tool for enhancing safety training activities by providing for continuous improvement.
RCI Safety www.rcisafety.com
Twenty-five years ago, Arthur Seely created a snow cat operator training school for the utility and telecommunication industries. Today, Safety One Training International Inc. specializes in training programs for employees whose work involves special hazards in remote areas and unique at-height challenges. Safety One is the leader in safety training for utilities, government and corporations worldwide, specifically focusing on environmental and vehicle training as well as safety and rescue at height. Training offerings include winter survival, snow cat operations, ice driving and trailering, climbing safety and rescue, bucket truck, pole top and a variety of other topic areas.
With a staff of world-class instructors and dedicated employees, Safety One continues to strive to meet its clients’ training needs, offering classes year-round at its 15,000-square-foot training facility in Littleton, Colo., and custom classes that take place both domestically and internationally. In conjunction with its 25th year in business, Safety One has rolled out a new website, www.safetyoneinc.com, offering resources, links and a company blog.
Safety One Training International www.safetyoneinc.com