PG&E Construction Operator Michael Musgrove and Working Foreman Clint Grich were driving south on Highway 5 when they decided to pull over at a truck stop near Manteca. They were just about to get back on the road when they noticed a man lying unconscious on the ground. It was clear that he needed help,… [Read More]
Seventeen months after IBEW Local 1245 first joined up with the Suriname American Brotherhood Initiative (SABI) to provide skills and safety training to linemen in the small South American country of Suriname, a second group of Local 1245 members once again travelled down to Suriname with another SABI delegation in March of 2017. The SABI… [Read More]
The Davey Tree Company organized a 2.5-day “human performance” training session on March 6-8, aimed at increasing safety awareness for Davey supervision, general foremen and several Davey employees enrolled in the IBEW 1245 Keep the Clearance peer safety program, including John Simms, Steve Speak, Ken Cook, Jaime Garcia, Brian Branten, Jose Paredes, Mike Clough, Federico… [Read More]
Some IBEW members have very taxing jobs; climbing up poles, trimming trees, running lines etc. When they are injured on the job with a worker’s compensation injury, many times they are no longer able to do the physical activity they could do before. One way to measure the result of the injury is by knowing… [Read More]
Three years ago, IBEW Local 1245 hosted the first convening of the Tree Supervision Roundtable — a coalition of line clearance tree trimmer contractors, representatives from utilities, and rank-and file-members of Local 1245’s “Keep the Clearance” (KTC) peer safety committee – with the goal of improving communication and safety for IBEW 1245 tree trimmers. Early… [Read More]
Gas Operations The IBEW Health and Safety Committee reviewed the Deer Park incident; PG&E recently concluded the incident investigation and a report was distributed to employees. The committee commented on the high quality of the investigation and report, which identified unusual contributing factors and procedural methods that lead to two burn injuries and the… [Read More]
IBEW 1245 will be hosting an OSHA 10 class Feb 3-4 at the union hall in Vacaville. Members who are interested in taking the class should contact Caitlin at (707) 452-2727. More information can be found here.
The IBEW Health and Safety committee reviewed an electrical contact that took place at a public utility in the Central Valley, in which a crew doing storm damage work elected to ground a four wire line leaving the substation grounded primary neutral out of the ground scheme. The crew had elected to treat the primary… [Read More]