He’s at it again.
Daniel “Juggling Dan” Mayo, who once juggled his way through an Advisory Council report, challenged everyone to keep their eye on the ball during a recent Hold the Pull presentation to PG&E apprentice linemen.
Mayo was joined at the Livermore Training Center presentation by fellow Hold the Pull committee member Dane Moore, who explained that the key to keeping safe in a dangerous occupation is remaining alert and watching out for one another.
“Dane did the lion’s share, and the message was very well-received,” said Mayo, pointing out that Moore’s booming voice has a way of keeping people’s attention. “When he talks, people listen.”
The audience was quiet and subdued—probably pooped from their projects—but nobody dozed off when Dan and Dane discussed near misses, including Dan’s experience with 12kV energizing a line truck.
At the end of their presentation they found they had some extra time, so out came Dan’s balls, which he deployed in an aerial tribute to the 3-man crew.
“This is a serious subject and I don’t want to make light of the overall reason that we are there,” said Mayo. But if juggling provides some comic relief and helps keep people attuned to the program, he’s not shy about making a repeat performance at future HTP presentations. Especially if it can help members understand the importance of keeping their eye on the ball.
Hold the Pull is one of three peer-to-peer safety programs created by IBEW Local 1245 to improve safety awareness among the union’s members. The program focuses on member-to-member communication in the field about safety conditions and safety awareness, allowing members to discuss near misses and other safety concerns without fear of being disciplined.
The other programs are Control the Pressure (for gas workers) and Keep the Clearance (for line clearance tree trimmers).