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Gary Coleman, CHST, CSP, CUSP, OHST, STSC

Preventing Worker Injury and Damage to Vehicle and Equipment Doors in High Wind Conditions

It will soon be that time of year when wind speeds increase all across the U.S. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wind speeds typically increase in January, peak throughout March and April, and decrease during the summer months. The increase in wind speeds creates high wind conditions that, if not properly planned for, can potentially result in worker injury and equipment damage on job sites.

Defining High Wind Conditions
High wind conditions are often a result of straight-line winds and are different from high winds caused by a tornado. Straight-line winds can occur any time of day or night, during thunderstorms or on perfectly sunny days. These types of winds are typically sustained winds from 10 to 40 mph that can suddenly gust up to 50 mph or more at any moment.

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Guest — Mike Starner
I would add that aerial lifts have limitations in high winds. Utility companies should work with the manufacturer to identify a wi... Read More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 06:54
Guest — Jason Wilson
I agree Mike. That would be a great addition to this article.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:16
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Gary Coleman, CHST, CSP, CUSP, OHST, STSC

The Perils of Distracted Driving

Numerous studies have shown that cellphone use while driving distracts drivers and reduces their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. While there are other driving distractions such as screaming children, flashing billboards and eating, the focus of this Tailgate Topic is distracted driving due to cellphone use.

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Gary Coleman, CHST, CSP, CUSP, OHST, STSC

Emergency Action Plans for Remote Locations

According to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.35, employers are required to have an emergency action plan (EAP). For the transmission and distribution (T&D) industry, developing an EAP that enables emergency medical service personnel to quickly respond to an injured individual can pose quite a challenge because T&D work is often performed in remote locations. Therefore, depending on the location of the work, the employer will need to consider many action items when developing an effective EAP.

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Gary Coleman, CHST, CSP, CUSP, OHST, STSC

Foundation Drilling Safety: The Aldridge Electric Story of Success

Foundation Drilling Safety: The Aldridge Electric Story of Success

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 4,500 and 5,000 people are killed in the U.S. workforce each year. Approximately 20 percent of those workplace fatalities are in the construction industry. According to OSHA, the four leading hazards that contribute to fatal injuries in construction are falls, electrocution, struck by object and caught-in/between.

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