Line Crew Responds to Medical Emergency

Published: July 21st, 2014 in: Co-op News, Editor's Pick

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

Co-op Safety Program Defies Skeptics

Published: June 2nd, 2014 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

The naysayers insisted it couldn’t be done. But when electric cooperatives in South Carolina aimed high in a safety improvement campaign, they proved the doubters wrong. “75 by 75 for 75” was a yearlong effort to cut... Read more

OSHA Sets Final Rule on Electrical Safety

Published: April 15th, 2014 in: Business & Finance

A final Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule—nearly 10 years in the making—contains new safety requirements in the key areas of information sharing, fall protection, minimum approach distances and electric arc protection. “We are relieved to have... Read more

Safety First at Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo

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

RUTHER GLEN, Va.—On a parcel of flat Virginia pastureland, Douglas Hancock and Daniel Hutchins waited anxiously as a bucket inched toward the ground with an electric utility lineman seriously stricken in the line of duty. Quickly and... Read more

Pakistan Program Honored for Lineman Safety

Published: April 3rd, 2014 in: International

Until very recently in Pakistan, it wasn’t unusual for more than 100 experienced electric utility linemen to die on the job each year with equal numbers severely injured. But with help from NRECA International and USAID contractor... Read more

OSHA Rule Demands More Compliance Time

Published: February 25th, 2014 in: Environmental Regulation

NRECA wants employees of distribution cooperatives exempt from a rule proposed to limit exposure to crystalline silica, a basic component in soil. And generation and transmission co-ops should have more time to comply with the rule following... Read more

Keeping Linemen Healthy on the Job

Published: February 4th, 2014 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

You don’t have to tell Joe McElroy that being a lineman is hard work. His two bad knees and bum shoulder are souvenirs of 20 years on the job. “That’s chronic, and the damage can’t be undone,”... Read more

Linemen: Beware of Toxic Hogweed

Published: January 21st, 2014 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

Electric cooperative line crews in several states are on the lookout for giant hogweed, a noxious plant that can severely burn skin, cause blindness and choke out native species. The pain inflicted by the sap of the... Read more

Reinvent the Co-op Safety Committee

Published: November 11th, 2013 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The safety committee was “on life support” when Tony Powell arrived at the co-op. “We looked at that and said, ‘Let’s pull the plug. It has suffered long enough.’” Powell is manager of safety, risk... Read more