On August 22-23, IBEW Local 1245 hosted its fifth annual Utility Safety Operations Leadership Network (USOLN) Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification class at Weakley Hall. The two-day training is designed to prep existing and hopeful safety professionals into the discipline of utility safety leadership, regulatory statutes, human performance and general tenets in the field of… [Read More]
It is with an exceedingly heavy heart that we announce the passing of IBEW 1245 member Jairus “Jay” Ayeta. Brother Ayeta, a PG&E GC apprentice lineman, was working to restore power in the Carr Fire zone when he was reportedly involved in a fatal off-road vehicle accident. He was just 21 years old. Brother Ayeta… [Read More]
All three peer groups traveled to Local 77 in Spokane to the George Brooks Safety Initiative Safety Summit. The summit was held on Saturday, March 24. There was over 100 members who came on their own time to participate. It was a great day of speakers and breakouts. Our peer committee chairmen from KTC, CTP… [Read More]
Four members of the IBEW Local 1245 Health and Safety committee attended the IBEW labor division caucus and National Safety Council caucus in Rosemont, Ill. They participated in trainings and classes focused on member health, including a discussion of the rising issue of mental health and suicide. Canadian International Representative Bruce Harris spoke at length… [Read More]
Utilities Safety & Health Chairman Tom Nichols spoke of an incident in which four people were killed. The incident involved a three-man crew and a helicopter pilot, and all four were killed when a nosebag hanging on the outside of the helicopter got into the tail rotor and caused the crash. The pilot maneuvered away… [Read More]
Hold the Pull is IBEW 1245’s groundbreaking peer-to-peer program that seeks to motivate IBEW members in the electrical field to promote safety through mutual support and protection on the job. The goal of the Hold the Pull initiative is for all workers to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their crewmates. On… [Read More]
It’s no secret that the waning power of American unions has contributed to stagnant wages. But a new study suggests that this trend hasn’t affected just worker income. It also may have cost thousands of lives.
The power can stay on when the safety switch handle is in the “OFF” position, posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.