Trust is Key for Safety Changes

Published: April 24th, 2015 in: Editor's Pick, Trends, Reports & Analyses

INDIANAPOLIS—He laughs about it now, but Garrison Wynn remembers the day the chemical plant blew up. An employee named Jimmy was leading him around. “He didn’t know where he was going,” Wynn recalled. “The guy had been... Read more

Dropping ‘the Hammer’ on Safety

Published: April 21st, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

INDIANAPOLIS—They called him “The Hammer CEO” because when it came to safety, he threatened to bring the hammer down. “Our safety numbers were really just trending in the wrong direction and it gave me a real feeling... Read more

Safety: It’s About Human Lives

Published: April 20th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

INDIANAPOLIS—It's an uncomfortable story to hear, though a far worse one to live through. "It's the CEOs who've told me the story about being the one that had to go to the house of the recently widowed... Read more

Chill, Rain Can’t Dampen Lineman’s Rodeo

Published: March 31st, 2015 in: Co-op News

RUTHER GLEN, Va.—Try as she might, Mother Nature can’t vanquish electric cooperative linemen—even on their day off. Despite piercing rain and eye-watering cold, a record number of linemen showed up to put their skills on display at... Read more

Safety Spotlighted as Summit Returns

Published: March 27th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

It isn’t every day you get to hear from a one-time standup comic-turned-author who worked with baseball legend Hank Aaron in the corporate world and survived a chemical plant explosion. That’s just part of the resume for... Read more

Colo. Co-op Saws Through Wind Storm Damage

Published: February 4th, 2015 in: Power Restoration

When winter winds whipped westward across the Continental Divide through Colorado, United Power’s Bryant Robbins knew he had to come up with a power restoration strategy. Chain saws seemed right for the task. “The winds pressed down... Read more

Co-op Lineman’s Clamp Could Cut Risks

Published: January 20th, 2015 in: Co-op News

Attention, linemen. There's a new tool that can reduce the risk of injury when you secure wire reels. The device is an anchor clamp that secures the lead end of conductor wire or other types of wire... Read more

OSHA Final Rule on Derricks Delayed

Published: October 28th, 2014 in: Business & Finance

Digger derrick operators at electric cooperatives that perform tasks outside electric generation, distribution and transmission work now have three years before they face new certification requirements from the federal government. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has... Read more

Line Crew Responds to Medical Emergency

Published: July 21st, 2014 in: Co-op News

An incident involving a motorist in diabetic shock showed linemen at a Colorado electric cooperative back up the "Eyes and Ears' logo on their trucks with action. “Poudre Valley REA supports the community’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ program,”... Read more

High-Voltage Training Pays Lifesaving Dividends

Published: July 8th, 2014 in: Co-op News

When Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Bud Benefield of Carroll County, Ga., tells his crews about the importance of safety training, he has a real-life example to back it up. Just two weeks after Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative... Read more