The Hold the Pull committee is currently planning the April 1 safety stewards’ summit. The theme of the summit is “Growing an Effective Peer Program.”
At this year’s summit safety stewards will be joined by eight members of IBEW Locals 77 and 125 who are in the process of developing their own peer programs.
The summit will look at how the peer program has changed over time, including peer counseling, requests for accident investigation participation, and presentation requests by schools such as PG&E’s apprentice academies and Northwest Lineman’s College. All of this is designed to increase awareness and draw in safety-minded members to be safety stewards.
The peer committee’s thought is to reach out to the young workers who now make up roughly 30% of the workforce at Local 1245’s signatory employers. These young workers will be the participants of tomorrow in our safety programs.
Other activities at the summit will include an arc flash and vehicle accident investigation, peer counseling workshop and group discussion breakouts. The one day event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are currently 52 members of the Hold the Pull peer initiative.