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Seth Skydel

A Friend in Need at Indiana Rural Electric Coops

Indiana's electric cooperatives serve more than 80% of the state in all or parts of 89 counties. Collectively, they provide energy to more than 450,000 homes, farms and businesses through a system comprising 53,000 miles of distribution line.
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Alex Marcoux

Frostbite

A look at an often unheeded danger. Learn more about frostbite and the predisposing factors that significantly increase its likelihood.

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Danny Raines, CUSP

4 Rules to Live By

Looking for an alternative to ground-to-ground and cradle-to-cradle? The method suggested here could be your answer.

Georgia Power Company (GPC) has developed the 4 Cover-up Rules philosophy to train employees rather than requiring a ground-to-ground or cradle-to-cradle glove and/or sleeve rule.

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Nancy St. Hilaire, MS

Taking Safety to the Next Level

A look at the common denominator in companies that have successful safety programs.

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Patricia Seeley, CPE

Ergonomics: Preventing Injury

Among utility workforces there are many excuses for not practicing sound ergonomics along with safety. The most common excuse is that an aging workforce is naturally more injury prone and there is nothing that can be done about it. Another excuse is: "we've always done it that way."
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Don Groover, CIH, CSP

Leadership Influencing the Culture

Learn how to best use all your resources as a safety leader and get the most out of your workers.

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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Notes From the Underground

In the May/June 2005 issue of Incident Prevention the cover article, "Why Single-Point Grounding Works," generated a lot of inquires about single-point worksite grounding in underground installations. The most frequently asked question was, "How do we create an equipotential zone for underground worksites?" I received inquiries from California to Maine, North Dakota to Florida. There were so many that IP asked if I could immediately address underground protective grounding for employees in this issue.

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Scott Margolin

The Burning Question

Is 100 percent cotton protective in an electric arc flash? While lab tests say so, real life experiences say no!

It is widely understood that clothing made from non-flame resistant synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, nylon and polyester/cotton blends, are not appropriate when working on or near electrically energized parts and equipment. If these garments are exposed to an electric arc flash, they can ignite, melt and drip, which can lead to severe contact burns to the skin. In fact, the OSHA 1910.269 and NFPA 70E standards prohibit this type of clothing.

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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Why Single-Point Grounding Works

The pros and cons of single-point equipotential grounding, as opposed to working between your grounds or bracket grounding, has generated a lot of discussion. As found in IEEE-1048 Guide for Protective Grounding of Power Lines, single-point equipotential grounding is becoming more simply and accurately referred to as worksite grounding.
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Bob Coffey

The Skinny on Confined Space Safety

One of the significant risks that many organizations take in managing their confined spaces is to try to sort spaces into permit-required and non-permit spaces. Many times the only thing separating the two is a shaky assumption. The characteristics of many spaces can change, increasing the risk. The best programs I have observed treat all spaces on-site as if they were permit spaces. But what exactly is a Permit Required Confined Space?
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Ken Flechler, CUSA

What It Takes to be a Safety and Compliance Leader

A successful safety and compliance team member cannot always be the most liked or the most popular, but must always be well respected.  They need to be able to talk to senior management, front line supervisors and employees and be open and honest about what needs to be done to ensure employee safety and regulatory compliance.

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Carl Potter, CSP

Injury Free Change

Paradoxically, change is a permanent part of life. Yet it's no excuse for neglecting safety. Tune into your emotional responses to change and become a 'change agent' for safety in any environment.

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Lee Marchessault, CUSP

Fall Protection by the Numbers

A simple and effective system for ensuring proper fall protection.

The development of an effective fall protection program has long been a tough issue to deal with. Many of the hazards that utility workers face often seem impossible to provide adequate protection for without introducing some other unsafe condition. And once systems are developed, getting workers to use them is another problem.

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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Training for the New Century

Experiencing high turnover?  Too many incidents?  The answer to these problems could lie in a new, innovative training program.

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Carl Potter, CSP

Eliminating Excuses

"Management is pushing us, customers are pushing us and we don't have enough help." This excuse for taking short cuts is becoming more prominent in the workforce. When I hear it, I cringe! We must take personal responsibility and not let other factors distract us from having safety on our minds. No one can make you do anything you don't want to do unless you give him or her permission. The supervisors, crew leaders and linemen who attend my seminars consistently tell me that they need more help

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Michael T. Eisenhart, PT

The Pain Game: Preventing MSDs

What do a pain in the neck, back or shoulder have in common?
Unsafe work behaviors.

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Dr. E. Scott Geller, PhD

Lessons Learned, Successful Implementation of Behavioral Safety Coaching

Previously, we discussed the power of behavioral safety coaching (BSC) to prevent injuries and fatalities in the utilities industry. To this end, we introduced 10 key practical guidelines for creating and maintaining successful BSC as gleaned from three decades of empirical research and 20 years of practical experience with our clients. Once again, here are the 10 guidelines for creating and maintaining an effective BSC process:

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