It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of IBEW 1245 member and Line Clearance Tree Trimmer Ramon Ayala. Brother Ayala, age 49, was working for Synergy in San Jose when he was involved in what appears to have been a 14.5-foot fall on Monday, October 23. Ayala suffered numerous severe injuries as a result of this… [Read More]
Unit #4723, Watsonville/Davey Tree, made a unique motion at a unit meeting to use their $500 annual social fund to stage a “Safety Day” at Pinto Lake on October 14. The purpose of the event was to get together on their own time to talk about the importance of safety in their daily work, while… [Read More]
What is a Cumulative Trauma Injury? A cumulative trauma injury is an injury that is caused by repeated events or repeated exposures at work. For example, hurting your wrist by doing the same motion over and over, or losing your hearing because of constant loud noise. Post-Termination Cumulative Trauma Injury Claims Generally, an employee cannot… [Read More]
The IBEW Local 1245 members who work at NV Energy’s Fort Churchill Generating Station in Yerington, NV know what it means to work safe – and now they hold the national record to prove it. In August, the team at Fort Churchill surpassed two million work-hours without a single lost-time accident, which is the longest… [Read More]
Keep the Clearance peer safety committee members Rosario Garcia and Jose Pedro Paredes received the Tree Care Industry Certified Tree Safety Professional certificate after participating in a two-day class and passing the safety professional test. The Tree Safety Professional training focuses on developing leadership skills, hazard and incident control prevention and adult learning. The class, which… [Read More]
The federal department charged with protecting workers erased data on workplace deaths from the home page of its website Friday — and changed its policy to disclose fewer fatal accidents in the future.
Tree Trimmer Fatality: The union received notification from SMUD that a Wright Tree line clearance tree trimmer was killed on the job on August 22 on SMUD property. According to a preliminary report from Business Representative Junior Ornelas, Joseph Cooper (41) died while performing line clearance from an aerial lift, and it appears that he came… [Read More]
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of IBEW Local 1245 member Joseph Cooper. Brother Cooper, who was employed by Wright Tree Service, was clearing trees from lines on SMUD property in Sacramento when he was involved in what is reported to have been an electrical contact incident. According to a… [Read More]
As part of IBEW Local 1245’s ongoing “Linemen Without Borders” initiative, the union once again sent a team of five members on a training mission to the small South American country of Suriname earlier this year (as reported in the previous edition of Utility Reporter). The trip was organized by Brady Hansen’s Suriname American Brotherhood… [Read More]
OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are in line for slightly deeper cuts in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s funding bill released July 12. NIOSH, meanwhile, is slated to receive $125.2 million more than originally proposed.