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Tailgate Safety Topics

John Boyle

What Does NFPA 70E Mean To You?

Many electrical workers and engineers are familiar with the phrase “NFPA 70E,” but don’t have a good understanding of what the standard includes. The following Tailgate Topic is a summary of the standard and what it means to you as an electrical worker.

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How Good Are Your Tailgates?

Job brief, pre-task brief, pre-job brief or tailgate conference – no matter the name, each item has the same purpose. The question is, how well do you brief to ensure your crew is prepared? This Tailgate Topic will cover the basics and maybe even raise a few questions.

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Aerial Lifts

Whatever you call your boom-supported lift – an aerial lift, bucket truck, cherry picker or the like – the purpose of the device is the same: to get people to elevated work positions. Even though aerial lifts allow elevated work tasks to be performed with ease, comfort and safety, improper lift operation can quickly result in injury and death. The following is an overview of aerial lift safety.

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

With the summer upon us, one concern that always seems to sneak up on workers during high heat periods are heat-related illnesses. Working in a hot, humid environment can be difficult or even fatal if you ignore the signs and symptoms of heat-related disorders.

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Floodwater Hazards and Precautions

Storms and heavy rains can produce significant flooding in some areas. These conditions can pose several unique hazards for injury and disease. This Tailgate Topic is intended to help you recognize and avoid these potential dangers to protect your health and safety.

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Hidden Traps of Generator Use and Backfeed

The small generator is a godsend to those who need electric power where no electricity is found and the popularity of generator use by homeowners is growing by leaps and bound. Unfortunately, not everyone who owns a generator uses it in the safest manner. As a result, they create hazards for utility workers who may be working in close proximity to homes and equipment that may be fed or – even worse – backfed from a personal generator.

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Stuck in the Mud

With the winter thaw occurring in many parts of the country, this TailGate Topic focuses on changing field conditions. Many times our tasks require us to work off the beaten path, placing us in muddy locations. Getting stuck becomes a reality when heavy vehicles are driven over muddy ground.

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Machine Safety

With winter upon us, one hazard frequently overlooked is machine safety—especially when the topic involves entanglement. With more clothing being worn to keep us warm, loose jackets and baggy clothing create opportunities for machinery and rotating equipment to grab a garment and pull an individual into the equipment.

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Winter Safety Vehicle Checklist

Winter Safety Vehicle Checklist

When it comes to winter preparation, too many times our vehicles get overlooked until that first snowfall reminds us. Before the first snow catches you off guard, check your vehicle for proper and adequate winter accessories and equipment to ensure they are present and in good condition. Below is a list of items to assist vehicle operators with their inspections.

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Keeping Things Safe in the Field and the Office

Keeping Things Safe in the Field and the Office

All employers should ensure that there are programs in place with written instructions to provide guidelines for the inspection, testing and maintenance of safety equipment located on the premises or supplied to employees.

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Inspecting, Cleaning and Storing Live-Line Tools

Inspecting, Cleaning and Storing Live-Line Tools

Although insulated tools are designed and tested to protect the electrical worker, dirt and other contaminants can greatly reduce the protection of live-line tools. Following is an overview of care to keep your equipment in good working condition.

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Inspection of Wooden Poles

Inspection of Wooden Poles

As we are in the midst of summer storm season, many hazards are encountered during storm restoration. One hazard that randomly reveals itself is a fall due to a wooden pole breaking under the lineman’s weight. Of course, “good” wooden poles don’t break; the area of concern is the wooden pole that has reached the end of its life cycle due to decay. But how do you know if a pole is safe to climb?

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