By Rich Lane
The Control the Pressure committee has been visiting the Tracy utility workers school on a regular basis. The committee members who attend to spread the safety message have become very independent, conducting the presentations on their own because most of the presentation days fall directly on IBEW 1245 staff meeting days. New business reps have been invited to attend and I want to thank John Mendoza and Ken Amaral for their attendance and support. They have been known to get flooded with questions by these trainees who mostly are new PG&E employees.
Control the Pressure has selected May 7 to be the date of their safety steward summit in 2014.
Safety steward Lington Gordon took the initiative to address a problem with high pressure gas regulators that were being stored outside. It was found that these regulators were rusting inside because rainwater was collecting inside the case, causing a regulator spring to stop functioning. Gordon could not make a change at his yard and took it to Control the Pressure. Safety manager Lorene Harden was informed and the problem was promptly addressed. This is a good example of how persistence pays off.