Get Custom Virtual Training the Way You Need It!   Learn More

Utility Worksite Safety Articles

John Boyle

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.

Continue reading
  16373 Hits
  0 Comments
Steve Jervis

Going With the Wind

Despite the economic downturn, the wind energy industry is growing rapidly and establishing itself as a prominent, sustainable solution that will help generate enough power to help meet current and future demands for renewable energy. Global leaders recognize that wind power can and will be one of the largest sources of new electricity generation. The United States is taking a strong position in this industry; the Obama administration is supporting wind power with an aggressive renewable energy stimulus to back it financially and foster continued growth within the industry.

Continue reading
  9630 Hits
  0 Comments
Alex Marcoux

Aerial Rescue

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics, says tower climbers have “the most dangerous job in America.” Steve Fleming, Director of Antenna & Tower Training at Safety One International (www.SafetyOneInc.com), says that on average accidents on towers and cranes lead to 25 deaths per year. Fleming further suggested that close to 80 percent of the deaths at communication towers over the period of 1992-2001 were attributed to falls.

Continue reading
  13185 Hits
  0 Comments
John Boyle

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.

Continue reading
  25172 Hits
  0 Comments
Hugh Hoagland

High Visibility and Arc Ratings for Flame Resistance

High Visibility and Arc Ratings for Flame Resistance

Two standards are needed to specify clothing for high visibility and flame resistance. Most companies in the U.S. choose ANSI 107 (for high visibility) and ASTM F1506 (for flame-resistance clothing complying with NFPA 70E or OSHA 1910.269). Citing both means you will have clothing (shirts and vests primarily) that are highly visible and arc- and flash-fire resistant. However, the flame-resistance side is often a weakness because of manufacturers or marketers who push “flame-resistant” standards that are misleading or outright deceptive.

Continue reading
  28834 Hits
  0 Comments
Jim Vaughn, CUSP

What You Need to Know About Substations

What You Need to Know About Substations

Beyond information peculiar to technical crafts, every person who enters a substation has a common need to understand substation grounding. This includes things to look for that might indicate problems in the station’s grounding system.

Substation grounding plays the primary role in several key aspects of fault clearing, equipment preservation and, most importantly, personnel protection as well as protection of the passing public. In fact, if the ground grid in a station were not in place, anyone standing next to a breaker that operates stands a good chance of being shocked, if not killed.

Continue reading
  26035 Hits
  0 Comments
Kate Wade

Meeting the Challenge

Progress Energy is a Fortune 250 investor-owned electric utility company that comprises generation, transmission and distribution businesses and a general services company. Progress Energy’s 11,000 employees serve 2.9 million customers over a 50,000-square-mile retail service area in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Continue reading
  18658 Hits
  0 Comments
Kate Wade

Strategies for Safety in the Wind Industry

For the wind power industry, practicing safety has always been more than a mission—it’s required. After all, a wind technician may be working in a space the size of a bathroom located on a tower 80 meters tall, surrounded by massive mechanical and high voltage electrical equipment, in a harsh climate, far from medical services.

Continue reading
  20406 Hits
  0 Comments
Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSA, CUSP

Arc Flash - Are You in Compliance?

Some utility personnel have resisted arc-flash compliance with the presumption that arc flashes and blasts are not a major issue for the utility industry. Organizations and standards committees such as IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), NFPA70E (National Fire Protection Association), EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), CRN (Cooperative Research Network) and others confirm this as a false statement. An IEEE study concluded, “To decrease the number and severity of non-fatal electrical burn injuries, direct worker exposure to electrical arc energy must be reduced.”

Continue reading
  15007 Hits
  0 Comments
John Boyle

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.

Continue reading
  18817 Hits
  0 Comments
Michael S. Haro, Ph.D., CBSS

Putting Mind Over Human Error

Accidents happen when we least expect them. “Why?” is usually the first question. The common follow-up analysis is, “How could I have let this happen?”

Continue reading
  14066 Hits
  0 Comments
Rick Tobey, CUSP

PPE The Last Line of Defense

If you consider personal safety equipment inconvenient and uncomfortable to wear, you may want to consider the alternatives.

Continue reading
  27418 Hits
  0 Comments
John Boyle

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?

Continue reading
  22366 Hits
  0 Comments
Kate Wade

Effective Fall Protection for Utility Workers

A review of the relevant standards and training that companies need to provide.

Continue reading
  21238 Hits
  0 Comments
Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Tower Rescue Pre-planning Pays Off

Tower rescue presents a completely different level of difficulty in planning and methodology. Whether 250-ft communications or transmission towers, they are often necessarily placed in remote areas, and usually inaccessible to conventional paramedic rescue vehicles. While it is each individual employer’s responsibility to make their own determinations on how rescues will be accomplished, the following may help in preplanning for these unusual rescue situations. Pre-planning for rescue in these situations must answer several questions.

Continue reading
  11876 Hits
  0 Comments
Patrick Davis

Perfect Storm - The Case for AED's

Could deployment of an Automated External Defibrillator prevent sudden cardiac death and save your utility from a perfect legal storm?
Continue reading
  12238 Hits
  0 Comments
Lee Marchessault, CUSP

Substations: Eliminating the Dangers Within

An integral part of any electric utility infrastructure, substations that are properly designed and maintained by qualified and trained workers are safe and reliable. If a failure occurs, however, it can be catastrophic and even disastrous.
Continue reading
  13984 Hits
  0 Comments
Ned Smith - AEP Training

Equipotential Grounding at AEP

Equipotential Grounding at AEPAmerica's line workers respond to outages every day. The recent snow and ice storms left customers in the dark for several days. Do you remember the hurricanes of 2005? They destroyed entire electrical systems along the Gulf coast. While working "at home," line workers have a consistent environment of personnel, safety rules, work procedures and construction standards. Protecting themselves from unexpected hazards is part of the everyday job. The hazards are there, but the people they work with, as well as the work procedures they use, are safe and familiar. However, the mutual assistance agreements developed in recent...
Continue reading
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Jeff Riley
I see the moderator did not want you called out when I asked how boots and pants factored into your staple and gaff fallacy.... Read More
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:56
  46457 Hits
  1 Comment
Roger Buttke

LockOut TagOut

Clearly a key component of the safety program at any facility, and particularly at a complex installation such as a nuclear power station, is its energy control policy. Commonly referred to as "lockout/tagout," it is the plan developed by an employer to protect workers from serious injury or death resulting from the unexpected start-up of machines or equipment or the release of stored energy.
Continue reading
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Lockout Tagout
Thanks for sharing information.I have seen for lot of tips related lockout tagout safety.These tips are really amazing. I apprecia... Read More
Friday, 07 November 2014 04:18
  20334 Hits
  1 Comment
Alex Marcoux

Digging Out - The Interagency Snow Rescue Task Force

How the Interagency Snow Rescue Task Force was well positioned to meet the challenges of Colorado's recent snowstorms and save many lives.

Inspired by life altering events, Art Seely of Safety One, Inc., has formed a unique team. The Interagency Snow Rescue Task Force (ISRTF) was initially conceived when EMS rescue attempts failed to reach a Denver victim stranded in less than one foot of snow. This was Seely's nightmare while he was a young paramedic in 1975, and it was this event that changed his life.

Continue reading
  18651 Hits
  0 Comments

KNOWLEDGE, INSIGHT & STRATEGY FOR UTILITY SAFETY & OPS PROFESSIONALS

360 Memorial Drive, Suite 10, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.459.1796 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
© 2004 - 2020 Incident Prevention. All Rights Reserved.