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]
In their first 100 days in power, the Trump administration and the Republican Congress have repealed and blocked worker safety regulations that were years, sometimes decades, in the making.
On May 18, the Hold the Pull peer safety committee held its annual Safety Steward Summit. It was a day filled with discussion on pertinent safety issues such as effective grounding, doing your part for safety, watching out for your brothers and speaking up when you see things that are unsafe. IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom… [Read More]
PG&E President and COO Nick Stavropoulos announced that PG&E employees and IBEW 1245 members Michael Garcia and Miguel Hernandez will receive a Meritorious Service Award from the American Gas Association in recognition for heroic actions taken to save the life of a customer during a house fire in San Jose on December 16, 2016. According to… [Read More]