Safety and Quality Lead to Productivity

Aron McInnes June2018 Production is what drives a business to succeed in today’s world. Without production, we do not have profits. However, there are two important things businesses must get right before production leads to profits. Without safety, profits will disappear due to fines, fees, downtime and injuries. Without quality of work, profits will disappear because of warranty repairs, work that has to be redone and increased material costs. The real hit to a company or work group that does not put safety and quality of work ahead of production is the adverse impact on image, brand and reputation. In business, as in life, perception is reality. A reputation is easily damaged and difficult to repair.

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Addressing Allergic Reactions on the Job

tailgate topics Power-line workers carry out their assignments in all types of outdoor environments and thus are susceptible to all of Mother Nature’s elements, good and bad.

When humans expose themselves to those elements, some might experience allergic reactions, a safety-related topic that is rarely top of mind until a worker in the field is experiencing such a reaction. If you know you are allergic to something you may come in contact with while working, it’s critical that you make your colleagues aware of it and, more importantly, that they know how to respond.

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Underground Electrical Vaults: Safety Concerns and Controls

Underground Electrical Vaults There are hundreds of thousands of man-accessible vaults in North America, with potentially tens of thousands of utility worker entries into those vaults each year. And it’s likely that every worker who enters a vault appreciates the safety procedures that govern the work. The combination of high-voltage electrical cables and aging infrastructure can exponentially complicate even the most routine vault-related task. In addition, many utilities across North America continue to report electrical vault failures, some of which lead to violent explosions.

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Be the Safety Lighthouse

lighthouse image A lighthouse is not something that safety leaders typically think about unless we’re taking a boat ride or going on a cruise. Lighthouses are a tool used by seafaring people, and usually the only time a power-line technician deals with a lighthouse is when the power goes out and the technician is charged with getting the power back on. For me personally, I live in a landlocked area and am not well-traveled, so I do not know everything about lighthouses. Why, then, am I writing about them in a post directed toward safety leaders? It is the symbolism and characteristics of lighthouses that I want to share with readers.

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Passive Safety Bones

Aron McInnes June2018Recently I worked for a person in the utility industry who would tell everyone that they needed to get over their passive bones when it came to safety. What are passive bones? They are not physical bones, nor are they similar to funny bones. Instead, the term “passive bones” refers to an approach to handling a safety concern. Each worker is a bone in the skeleton of an organization’s safety culture. If the culture within a company or work group is for workers not to call each other out on safety performance, the culture becomes a skeleton made of passive bones.

There are a number of reasons why some cultures are built on passive bones. For example, I have heard people say that it is easier to walk by a safety concern than it is to address it, or that the cost of safety is high, or that the work needs to get done. Complacency and luck are factors as well.

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What does the CUSP mean to you?

See what Chris Grajek has to say about earning the CUSP credential.

 

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CUSP in Mississauga Next Week

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We're very excited to hold the CUSP program in Mississauga, Ontario next week! Want to become a Certified Utility Safety Professional? Apply for the CUSP program coming up this August in Calgary: CUSP Application

Do you have the CUSP credential yet? Share your thoughts and questions here!

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CUSP Credential for Canada

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A team of dedicated utility safety professionals who are passionate about safety saw the value of a utility-specific safety credential for Canada. They worked tirelessly to develop the CUSP credential for the Canadian utility industry. Launched in 2016, the CUSP Canada program is growing and companies like Enmax, SaskPower, Valard, Alectra and Allteck have adopted the CUSP program into their safety programs.

If you have dedicated your career to providing safety and operations leadership in the utility industry, now is the time to enhance your professional status by earning the Certified Utility Safety Professional certification.

ALECTRA UTILITIES - Mississauga, Ontario - May 15-16, 2018

IUOTA/IUSTA CONFERENCE - Calgary, Alberta - August 23-24, 2018

Apply now: CUSP Application

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Stringing Best Practices: Mesh Grips vs. Preforms

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When you ask lineworkers what differentiates their work from general construction, it’s not surprising that they will typically say they work with big lines at high voltages. Lineworkers take pride in keeping lines up and fixing them when they come down. We know that lines do come down inadvertently, and we also know that the losses resulting from such incidents can be substantial. No amount of regulation will combat these problems, so that’s where best practices come into play. Best practices establish the most common methods to achieve operational success within the parameters of regulations, provide work techniques inclusive of the collective trade experience and debunk field-level work practices that counter those efforts.

Each year thousands of miles are strung, and many lineworkers have likely wondered how many lines have dropped due to misaligned or misapplied practices. In fact, we asked this same question at Allteck, which prompted research into the matter; our goal was to compile the best working knowledge about some stringing problems commonly encountered by workers in the field. The prevention strategies regarding this topic appeared limited, and most stringing information related to post-incident countermeasures, such as the bonded and grounded stringing site.

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