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February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Electrician Injured After Bucket Truck is Hit

Photo of a bucket truck via Flickr/Steve Snodgrass

According to police, the electrician, who was working on a traffic light 20 feet above ground, could have sustained serious injuries if he was not wearing a harness attached to the bucket.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Safety

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Altec Recalls Cranes for Load Control

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Set to begin Feb. 15, the recall covers 122 Altec AC40-152S cranes in the 2014 to 2017 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Utility Fleets, NHTSA, Cranes, Safety, Altec Industries

December 14, 2017 - Press Release

JLG Launches Site to Explain Changing ANSI Standards

ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards govern the access equipment industry and address machine design, safe use, and training in North America. The anticipated changes will move North American manufactured machines more towards a global model.

Tags: Regulations, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, Safety, JLG

November 3, 2017 - Press Release

Utility Contractor Works 2.5M Hours Without a Lost Time Accident

The service provider achieved a safety-performance milestone when it recently exceeded 2.5 million man hours without a lost time incident

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Lineman in ICU After Boom Disconnects from Truck

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

The journey lineman was working at a jobsite when the boom arm of his bucket truck detached from the vehicle. Wenker sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Tags: Accidents, Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Safety

August 7, 2017 - Press Release

DICA to Introduce New Outrigger Pads, Product Updates at ICUEE

Photo courtesy of DICA

DICA will introduce Cavity Pad Plus outrigger pads and reveal design updates to ProStack interlocking cribbing at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE), to be held Oct. 3-5 in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Utility Fleets, ICUEE, Cranes, Safety

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

AEM Updates Digger Derrick Safety Manual

Photo courtesy of Altec

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has updated its Digger Derrick Safety Manual, which features information on lifting, pole setting, digging operation, calculating load capacities, and personnel platform safety.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Associations, Safety

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Va. Utility Worker Dies from Electrocution

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

A lineman for the City of Danville, Va., was responding to a power outage in an elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Utility Fleets, Safety

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

‘Move Over’ Laws Add Protection for Utility Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia/Willmar Municipal Utilities

Two states have passed legislation to protect the safety of utility workers through ‘Move Over’ laws, which require drivers to change lanes when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety, Move Over Law

May 19, 2017 - Press Release

Genie Introduces Tool to Calculate Safe Loads for Aerial Lifts

The new Genie interactive tool provides site visitors the opportunity to choose different materials, attachments, and operators of various sizes to “place” on the virtual boom platform.

Tags: Genie, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, Safety

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Lineman Dies After Bucket Truck Falls Over

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

The Penn Power employee was inside of the truck's elevated bucket when it became unstable and turned on its side.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Bucket Trucks, Safety

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Idaho Power Implements Safe Driving Pilot Program

Photo courtesy of Idaho Power

About 600 Idaho Power employees will participate in the pilot program, which includes taking a short survey to measure perceptions and practices about distracted driving.

Tags: Fleet Policies, Distracted Driving, Utility Fleets, Safety

April 24, 2017 - Press Release

DEKRA Insight Releases Safety Guide Based on Utility Assessments

The guide includes specific examples, including one instance where a utility company's linemen paid more attention to the company's policy on truck safety than they did to personal safety.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Desert Tortoises Require Extra Fleet Precautions in SoCal

If a desert tortoise burrow was discovered, it meant either moving the work site or calling in a biologist. (Credit: Jack Goldfarb)<br />

A Southern California utility had to take extra fleet safety precautions while building the 35-mile Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project, which runs through the heart of desert tortoise country in the Mojave Desert.

Tags: Southern California Edison, Safety

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Highlights from the International Lineman's Rodeo

The 2014 International Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) scored several victories, including three first-place world championship awards.

Tags: Safety, Electric Utilities, PG&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Cleveland Utilities Reminds Drivers to 'Move Over'

Cleveland Utilities is ramping up its efforts to keep workers safe. The utility recently added “move over” bumper stickers to its fleet, as a visual reminder to drivers on top of the flashing lights, cones, and signs.

Tags: Move Over Law, Safety

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Former SDG&E Employee Pleads Guilty to Fatal Hit-and-Run

Hector Hoyt, the former San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) employee accused of running over a 54-year-old homeless pedestrian with his utility truck on Jan. 6 and fleeing the scene, pleaded guilty Sept. 3.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, SDG&E, Safety, Sempra Energy

August 20, 2014 - Press Release

Empire District Reaches Historic Safety Milestone

Previously, the highest milestone reached by the company had been 1,500,000 hours, which had been reached only twice in the company’s 105-year history.

Tags: Missouri, Safety, Electric Utilities

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Train Hits Rear-end of Bucket Truck in Railroad Crossing Accident

Two employees from Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative corporation serving South Texas, were involved in a bucket truck accident at a railroad crossing on July 25.

Tags: Bucket Trucks, Safety, Electric Utilities, Accidents

July 21, 2014 - Press Release

Rocky Mountain Power Recognized for Top Safety Measures

The 2013 Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Safety Survey ranked the company first for lowest OSHA recordable rate and lowest number of incidents which restricted employees from performing fully duty in their job classification.

Tags: Rocky Mountain Power, Edison Electric Institute, Safety

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Utility Workers Now Protected Under Move-Over Law

Florida motorists are now required to move over or slow down when passing utility services vehicles and sanitation vehicles. Towing trucks and law enforcement vehicles were already protected under the law.

Tags: Florida, Move Over Law, Safety

January 20, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Chicago Comcast Driver Robbed, Shot in Alley

A 45-year old Comcast employee was shot in the stomach after parking his truck in an alley on the South Side of Chicago during an apparent robbery, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tags: Comcast, Safety, Driver Safety, Chicago

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Save the Date for the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is the site of the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference.

Fleet, risk, safety, sales, human resources and EMS professionals will gather at the only conference designed specifically for improving fleet safety -- the third annual Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Ill. July 22-23, 2014.

Tags: Risk Management, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Safety

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

<i>Updated:</i> Three Separate Utility Truck Accidents Result in Fatalities, Severe Injuries

In three separate accidents across the U.S. last month, utility vehicles were involved in driver-related accidents. Read some of the latest updates to these stories, two of which resulted in fatalities.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Rear-End Collisions, Fleet Drivers, Safety

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Drivers Required to Make Way for Utility Vehicles

Photo by David Lewis, Entergy Arkansas.Chi T Le, journeyman serviceman for Entergy Arkansas, lines the truck with cones before getting to work.

House Bill 1750, signed into law as Act 579, requires drivers to move over for utility vehicles displaying, blue, red, amber, white, or green lights that are flashing, revolving or rotating.

Tags: Arkansas, Entergy, Lighting, Driver Safety, Safety



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