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.
PG&E FR Clothing details can be found in LA 16-11 PGE. The refresh amounts are the same as in years past, as is the ability to request more clothing if employees find themselves in a situation where they need more items. Below is the new allowance cycle, and it is important that everyone is aware that… [Read More]
According to the CalOSHA Reporter, Arbor Works Inc. is facing $62,000 in Cal OSHA fines related to the death of IBEW 1245 tree trimmer Nash Mayer. Cal OSHA Reporter noted that Arbor Works, a sub-contractor for Utility Tree Service working on PG&E property, was cited for violations ranging from failure to evaluate terrain characteristics, failure to establish… [Read More]
Control the Pressure This group has completed the 35 GSR safety kickoffs across PG&E territory with good results, and have gained six new stewards from their efforts. The committee will be taking on process improvements and safety issues that are being created by management’s lack of field experience and understanding of the issues being created… [Read More]
Para el español, desplácese hacia abajo On May 18, members of the Keep the Clearance peer program attended the PG&E Tree Contractors Safety Forum to receive recognition for the program’s work in the field of tree trimmer safety. KTC committee members Carlos Rodriguez, Committee Chair Ray Banfill and Local 1245 Business Representative Rich Lane gave… [Read More]
On May 4, 2017, the Keep the Clearance peer safety committee held its annual safety steward training. The day was filled with safety subjects specific to line clearance tree trimmers, presented by Hispanic Arborists Association Executive Director Jose Mercado. Topics included working around energized lines, working on lines under pressure from fallen trees, tree rescue, the employee’s… [Read More]