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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 10, 2017 - Industry News

W.Va. Utility Moves to Facility with More Space for Fleet

The utility's new service center can accommodate all of Mon Power's trucks and most of its equipment. Photo via Flickr/FirstEnergy Corp.

Mon Power (W.Va.) has moved to a new service center with more enclosed space for its fleet after a 2016 flood swamped the old center's outdoor storage yard.

Tags: New Facility, Utility Fleets, FirstEnergy, Flooding

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Saves with Auxiliary Power System

Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Gas & Electric

Using Volta's Electric Auxiliary Power System, OG&E workers can operate equipment with the engine off for a greener operation, a quiet service, and a more efficient fleet.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Idle Reduction

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

August 3, 2017 - Press Release

CICB to Host Crane Training at ICUEE 2017

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau announced it will host Articulating Boom Crane Operator preparatory training at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in October.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Operator Training, ICUEE, Cranes

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Professionals Invited to Comment on New Construction Standards

Photo via Flickr/Western Area Power

The Construction Services voluntary standard has been developed by the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance to support utilities with identifying sustainable practices in the area of construction services.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Industry Standards

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

Boom Truck Knocks Down Power Poles

Photo via Wikimedia/Willmar Municipal Utilities

More than 1,000 Northern California residents were left without power for nearly 24 hours after a city-owned utility truck hit power poles.

Tags: PG&E, Utility Fleets, Power Outage, Boom Trucks

July 27, 2017 - Press Release

JLG Opens East Coast Parts Distribution Center in Atlanta

JLG anticipates the additional distribution center to improve parts availability, provide quicker delivery times, and lower freight costs.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Distribution Centers, JLG

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Utility Starts Drone Pilot Program

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The pilot program will cost $35,000 and is expected to take about a week to complete. Video from the drone will be analyzed to identify loose connections, leaking oil, rust and deterioration, and any hot spots.

Tags: Pilot Program, Utility Fleets, Drones

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, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, 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

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ameren Donates Bucket Truck

Photo via Wikimedia/USCAE-TAS

The 2006 Ford F-550 bucket truck is valued at $7,800, and will be the village’s only aerial truck.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Ameren

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

Chicago Utility Opens Training Center

The state-of-the-art facility will provide annual training to more than 1,600 utility workers and fire officials across the region, while also providing much-needed vocational programming to help prepare Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students for future jobs in the gas and energy field.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Peoples Gas

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

7M Plug-ins to Hit the Road by 2025, Report Claims

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A new report from the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation projects more than 7 million plug-in vehicles will be on U.S. roads by 2025, representing 7% of all vehicle sales and 3% of all registered cars and light-duty vehicles.

Tags: EV Charging Stations, Utility Fleets, Edison Electric Institute

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Former Utility Employee Charged with Selling Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

A former utility contractor employee has been charged with selling fleet vehicles and using company funds for personal use.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Theft

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

Terex Utilities Hosts Annual Service School

Instruction covered technical topics, including boom and rotation hydraulic overload protection, dielectric testing, hydraulic leveling, side load protection, controls, and more.

Tags: Terex, Training, Utility Fleets

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

Acela Truck Company Offers Extreme-Duty Trucks

Photo courtesy of Acela Truck Company

The company resets Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) from the U.S. Army to a near-zero-mile condition for use in oil and gas, mining, pipeline construction, and other commercial fleets.

Tags: Extreme Duty Trucks, Acela Truck Company, Military Trucks, Utility Fleets

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: Fleet Incentives and Additional Features

FCA, GM, and Nissan released their fleet incentives for the 2018 model-year, and several OEMs offered updates on their 2018 models.

Tags: Utility Fleets

June 19, 2017 - Press Release

Florida Public Utilities Earns Safety Achievement Award

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Florida Public Utilities Company, has earned a Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association for excellence in employee safety.

Tags: Recognition, Utility Fleets, American Gas Association

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Contractor Cited After Electrocution Death

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

A KTI Utility Construction employee was preparing a worksite for utility pole installation when his bucket truck came in contact with the energized transmission line.

Tags: OSHA, Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Citation, Fatal Accidents

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Neb. Utility Expects to Save $50,000 on Insurance

Photo via Wikimedia/Ammodramus

Consolidating its insurance policies will increase the value of the Metropolitan Utilities District’s insured property while lowering premiums and fees.

Tags: Insurance, Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District, Utility Fleets

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Utility Equipment

Photo via Wikimedia

The utility exhibited a mobile storm trailer, mobile substation, vapor extraction unit for natural gas leaks, and bucket truck.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Ameren

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: Diesels, A Recall, and New Models

Two automakers responded to lawsuits over its diesel vehicles, Ford recalled two models, and Volvo unveiled its new VNR model.

Tags: Utility Fleets

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

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Hires Regional Fleet Manager From Sacramento

Garcia

Isena Garcia, CAFM, was named manager, regional fleet operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tags: PG&E, City of Sacramento, Utility Fleets, New Hire

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