Last week, five members of the IBEW 1245 “Hold the Pull” committee travelled down to the City of Lompoc to provide the Lompoc lineworkers, who voted to join IBEW 1245 just last year, with an impactful training on the union’s “Hold the Pull” peer-to-peer safety initiative and the life-or-death importance of staying safe on the job.
“The City of Lompoc Line Gang would like to sincerely thank the ‘Hold the Pull’ committee for coming down to Lompoc. It was a great presentation and outstanding personal testimony that reminded all of us of the importance of safety,” said Lompoc Shop Steward and lineman Jaime Tinoco. “It was emotional and direct. We all walked away with the understanding that we all are humans, and that our unsafe actions affect everyone around us, family, friends and our coworkers. We hope that we can change all of our old bad habits that directly affect everyone around us, and we hope that we can continue this type of training in the future.”
“Hold the Pull” committee members in attendance included “Big” Casey Kelley from Liberty Energy, Pete Sandoval & Scott Barnes from PG&E Fresno, Tyler Davidson from PG&E Woodland and John Kent, retired PG&E lineman. They were joined by two reps from IBEW 77, John Cunningham and Mike Webber, who are in the process of starting a similar safety program at their own local.