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]
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of IBEW Local 1245 member Nash Mayer. Brother Mayer was a line clearance tree trimmer employed by ArborWorks. He was working on a job for PG&E when he suffered fatal injuries while doing drought-related vegetation work in Mariposa County on Dec. 1. Brother Mayer was… [Read More]
A cell-phone tower worker gets caught in power lines in Fresno, and the rescue is caught on camera. PG&E called it a very fortunate situation because the man’s mechanical lift equipment did touch a live power line and he was able to walk away.
International Convention Safety Report: Several safety-related resolutions were brought up at the IBEW international convention in St. Louis. Proposals included encouraging the use of web-based accident reporting called Form 173 on the International Union website; increasing awareness on the hazards of radio frequency exposure through emitters and to report exposures to employers and the union; and… [Read More]
On August 1, a Utility Tree Service tree trimmer sustained a broken right tibia when a tree top he had cut swung into his body and struck him. At the time of the incident, the employee was tied into an oak tree and the butt of the tree top hit his leg. He was transported… [Read More]
John Kent has announced that he will be leaving the peer-to-peer initiative in early November, after stewarding all three peer programs for 2 ½ years. Kent ushered the program into its next phase by expanding the program through speaking engagements throughout the Local 1245 jurisdiction, as well as nationally at IBEW locals in in Alaska,… [Read More]