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Eric M. Fell is a Specialist in EH&S Safety at Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) working on the development, analysis and implementation of safety technology and innovation improvements to reduce injuries and achieve a zero-harm environment.  Prior to being a specialist, Eric was a Substation Operations Supervisor providing...

Eric M. Fell is a Specialist in EH&S Safety at Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) working on the development, analysis and implementation of safety technology and innovation improvements to reduce injuries and achieve a zero-harm environment.  Prior to being a specialist, Eric was a Substation Operations Supervisor providing oversight and execution of operations, maintenance & construction activities within transmission and distribution substations (13kV – 345kV).  Beyond his normal duties, Eric is considered a subject matter expert (SME) in Low and Medium Voltage circuit breaker maintenance and troubleshooting at Con Edison.  He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a Substation Supervisor at New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and as Field Engineer for General Electric Industrial Solutions.  Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainable Systems from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University.

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Working in Switchgear Cubicles Just Got Safer

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All of us who work with electricity know how hazardous it can be. During a stint with my previous employer, a co-worker and good friend was electrocuted and killed when he made contact with energized switchgear components. Another co-worker at the company also was seriously injured. Safety is always a part of our job; it’s something we talk about and practice every day, but given what happened to my two former co-workers, I felt that more needed to be done to establish a zero-accident workplace – more than just job briefings, using human performance tools and “living safely.” When it came to working with switchgear, it was necessary to develop a tangible safety device that could be paired with work practice improvements.

Several years later, after starting my current employment at Con Edison – a regulated utility that provides electric, gas and steam service to customers in New York City and suburban Westchester County – a simple request to pursue a solution prompted an effort to reform switchgear work practices. The result has made those practices both safer and more efficient – not just at Con Edison, but potentially for the industry.

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