The safety of our members is a top priority for IBEW Local 1245. We work in an unforgiving industry, where a single lapse in judgment can bring serious injury or death.
In the early days of the electric industry, the death rate for linemen in some areas was one out of every two hired. Working conditions are far safer today, in part because the union has pioneered joint safety committees where labor and management cooperatively address safety issues.
In addition to these joint safety committees, the union has its own separate Safety Committee to monitor safety conditions throughout the union’s area of operations. The Safety Committee has a rotating membership, composed of union members from various Local 1245 employers.
The Utility Reporter, Local 1245’s newspaper, publishes bi-monthly articles on safety, including a report by the Safety Committee chairman.
Despite the progress that unions have made, each year more than 6 million US workers are injured or become sick on the job, 50,000+ US workers die from occupational illness, and nearly 6,000 are killed on the job. Sadly, that includes several members of IBEW Local 1245 in recent years.
We know from long experience that state and federal government must play an essential role in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our members. That’s why IBEW Local 1245 actively lobbies legislators and regulators to address specific safety problems and to penalize employers who expose workers to unnecessary risks.
We ask that our unit officers be diligent in filling out and sending in an Accident Reporting from after each unit meeting. A link to Accident Reporting Form appears at left.
At Local 1245, we believe that Safety Matters. Help us keep our worksites safe, and our members healthy.
Please check the links at left for the latest safety information.