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Live Line Work: Does Your Day Start With Luck or Safety?
Mike Pazzanese, Rae Johnson, John Voyer
The utility industry is filled with risks and hazards that other lines of business do not experience. Electrical work has been repeatedly identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries as one of the most dangerous jobs. Although the equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and procedures have improved dramatically over the last 15 to 20 years, we still see many...
Hi-Line Releases New Field Guide for Inspecting Rubber Goods
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Electrical workers know that rubber products are the first line of defense in preventing an accident. Even the smallest imperfections in rubber goods can potentially cause big problems in the field. ASTM International outlines 24 irregularities that you should look for during daily inspections.
Use this pocket guide to easily identify all 24 of the ASTM F1236-96 irregularities while you’re on the job and during your daily visual inspections.
An energy transformation company had recently merged with a large electricity supplier. The merging of these two companies provided an opportunity to assess the whole rubber goods testing program for both companies. At the time of the merge, the electric utility tested rubber goods in-house and the energy transformation company sent out goods for third-party testing.
Rubber Goods: All Eyes on Safety with Daily Visual Inspections
Eliza Wilcox, John Voyer, & K.D. Aiardo
Every day, electrical workers rely heavily on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure they arrive home safe at the end of the their work shifts. Not only is wearing the required certified PPE the safest choice, it’s also an ASTM requirement, enforced by OSHA.
Lightning, human error, static electricity, induced voltage, backfeed… all reasons that the line you are working on could become energized. Keeping electricity grounded when work is being performed is critical to avoid electricity seeking your body as the grounding path. Staying safely grounded includes working with the correct equipment, daily inspections, proper cleaning, maintenance and recertification, and proper storage.
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, in 2013 alone there were 65 fatalities in the Electrical Power Generation Industry in the United States. To keep workers safe, there are several personal protective equipment items that are utilized in the field, with one of the lines of defense being rubber goods.
One of the last projects I was involved in just prior to my retirement from Entergy was the outsourcing of our rubber goods testing lab that supported over 3,000 internal users. Since inception, this function had always been provided internally. However, the current marketplace and the financial forces driving down employee headcount made outsourcing of this function a viable option.
In today’s business world with ever-increasing employee benefit costs,
regulated utilities are challenged with reducing their costs for the benefit
of all stakeholders. This force is driving utility managers to re-examine
every function of their departments for cost cutting opportunities including
functions and services that are essential to the operation of a utility.
New OSHA Rule Could Mean Changing Your Rubber Goods Testing Lab
John “Grizzy” Grzywacz
OSHA has been working on the updates for its “Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution” as well as the “Electrical Protective Equipment” standard. OSHA began the process in 2003 and issued the notice of proposed rulemaking in 2005. This proposal has been slowly making its way through the rulemaking process and according to sources in OSHA it has cleared the final hurdle of approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While OSHA has delayed the final rule announcement,...
Sticking to Safety with Fiberglass Care & Maintenance
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186,282 miles per second. That is the speed of light and the speed in which electricity travels. When you are up against stats like that, there is no moving out of the way, and your best line of defense is sticking to safety and making sure you and your equipment are ready for the unexpected. Fiberglass live line tools are there to distance you from the line, so proper care should be taken to keep you out of harm’s way. Regular cleaning, inspection, testing, refinishing, and proper storing...
Materials are always on the move. According to OSHA “the mishandling of materials is the single largest cause of accidents and injuries in the workplace” (OSHA 3072 - 1996). To and from, or on, the jobsite these everyday occurrences need to be completed safely and efficiently by electing the correct equipment for the task at hand and making sure that the equipment is in safe working order. Rope is common for material handling equipment such as winch lines, hand line sets, and slings. Havin...
Skipping the simple steps of safety is like leaning on your luck. How much is your extra time worth? According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2011 alone, there were 60 transmission and distribution fatalities in the United States. These are the very realities that are faced in the field every day, but the time that you take for safety can reduce the risk of an accident.