Rich Lane (IBEW 1245 Business Representative) January: We discussed rules surrounding the addition of four synthetic opioids that became DOT-regulated on Jan. 1, 2018. PG&E has issued an advisory to its employees, and IBEW has placed information on the website concerning safety sensitive classifications affected by the change. February: We handed out information to the… [Read More]
PG&E Electric Line Crew Foreman Danny Perez and Lineman Aaron Minnick have a combined 51 years on the job. In all those years, neither one has ever had to use their CPR/First Aid training in an emergency before. But that changed on Tuesday, April 3. Perez and Minnick, along with Apprentice Lineman Ben Hubbell, were… [Read More]
IBEW 1245 is proud to participate in the NSC Labor Division. To get involved, contact Rich Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Control the Pressure CTP had a busy 2017 putting on over 30 presentations at GC and Division yards all around the PG&E system. The program currently has 49 safety stewards and is working on developing new content for their presentation to keep it fresh. They continue to do presentations at the PG&E gas worker school… [Read More]
Communications Report: Cinch-Lock ladder attachments are becoming required in the State of Oregon. Cinch-lock is a brand name for ladder top attachments that secure ladders at phone level prior to climbing the ladder. At Frontier, ladders are being phased out when they become unserviceable, and new attachable ladders will be the replacement. Buckingham gave a… [Read More]
It has been estimated that 65% of utility industry frontline employees will be leaving the industry within the next five years. This is creating even greater demand for well-trained and experienced leaders. The Frontline Utility Safety Leadership Training program has been developed to provide utility leaders and safety professionals with the training they need to… [Read More]
When an employee’s industrial injury is caused by the serious and willful misconduct of the employer, Labor Code section 4553 allows for the employee’s compensation to be increased by one-half upon a petition for penalties to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. The California Supreme Court has determined that the one-half increase applies to every benefit… [Read More]
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of IBEW 1245 member and Line Clearance Tree Trimmer Ramon Ayala. Brother Ayala, age 49, was working for Synergy in San Jose when he was involved in what appears to have been a 14.5-foot fall on Monday, October 23. Ayala suffered numerous severe injuries as a result of this… [Read More]